NEXT is developing game-changing transparent photovoltaic glass that allows architects and building owners to transform windows and glass facades into producers of low-cost, on-site, renewable energy for commercial buildings.
Buildings account for nearly 40% of global energy use, and energy represents the single largest variable operating expense for commercial buildings. A growing number of developers are building to green standards, and regulatory regimes are increasingly driving toward net zero energy buildings. However, there are currently few viable solutions for onsite generation of renewable energy for commercial buildings. This represents a significant gap in the market and a large opportunity for a new building integrated PV (BIPV) technology to address this need.
NEXT’s technology is enabled by proprietary organic semiconducting coatings that are earth-abundant, low-cost, and non-toxic, and are printed in a high-speed, low-cost, low-energy process to produce beautiful energy-harvesting windows. Cost competitive with conventional energy sources, NEXT’s photovoltaic window technology delivers uncompromised aesthetics while generating low-cost, renewable power at compelling efficiencies. No other BIPV window technology can match NEXT’s transparency, aesthetics, cost, and performance attributes.
NEXT’s business model is to sell its technology, materials, and coating services to glass manufacturers and window fabricators through license agreements. This allows NEXT to scale its technology quickly in multiple markets with established brands and market channels. NEXT has its first joint development and license agreement in place with a top U.S. commercial window fabricator, and is pursuing similar arrangements in other markets around the globe. NEXT’s technology has been funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation’s SBIR programs (Phase II) as well as the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Technology to Market Program.