“Conceptually, it’s a whole new process of thinking about how we create power.”
Organic energy is gaining momentum with the launch of GO-OPV’s ORENgE system in North America.
Organic energy uses a thin-film panel to capture the sun’s rays and convert them into energy, similar to traditional solar power.
The panels can be used for windows or trucks, phone chargers or computers, or it can be a photovoltaic integrated into the glass building.
“Organic energy produces energy from light at any angle, in any way. It is totally flexible because it is only printed ink. Conceptually, it’s a whole new way of thinking about how we produce energy, ”said Paul Frischer, president of GO-OPV, an organic energy company.
What differentiates organic energy from solar energy is that it depends on light and not on the sun, which means that it will always create energy as long as there is some form of light. natural.
“It handles low light, indoor light, diffused light, any form of light. If I’m sitting here at the desk, I’m able to generate electricity because I don’t necessarily need direct light from the sun to do it, ”said Frischer.
Organic energy is not a new concept. Companies like View Inc. are using this technology to reduce glare and heat through the use of smart windows in buildings.
“All the applications that you would normally see done for a heat gain application, we can now do with ORENgE panels. Not only do you benefit from the heat gain, but we are also now producing energy, ”said Frischer.
“We can build an energy platform that doesn’t currently exist. And the basis of all technology is the OPV [organic photovoltaic] film, which is an organic, transparent and lightweight film that can be 100% recyclable, ”said Felipe Travesso, COO of GO-OPV.
The production of OPV also has a lower impact on the environment compared to silicon solar panels.
“Traditional solar is a very resilient industrial process. You have to get the actual silicon, you have to heat it. It is a very dense process. It creates a carbon footprint. OPV is completely different. use so much energy to produce the process. It’s a roll-to-roll industrial process in a cleanroom with a zero carbon footprint, ”said Travesso.
In Brazil, the company installed systems on skylights, shopping malls and building windows.
In the United States, they installed systems in three buildings: two in New York City and one at its office in Delray Beach, Florida.
At the company’s first installations in Hempstead, New York, the company applied its OPV film inside windows to absorb sunlight and convert it into energy using its ORENgE system, which uses power over Ethernet to send electricity to the office.
The system can be used as a primary power source or as a battery backup system while remaining on the power grid.
“As long as you have a light source, we will always produce direct DC power. If you turn off the office and the office lights are off, then we have back-up battery support. You get the best of both, ”Frischer said.
The company says it also plans to put panels on trucks to power on-board electronics. The technology has already been used on PepsiCO trucks in Brazil.
“Everyone’s talking about the electric vehicle market, we’re going to be able to do it all on top of a truck and create an alternative battery supply for the semi-trailer market. We will also be able to make TRU units [Transport Refrigeration Units] and reefers [refrigeration trucks], where reefers depend on refrigeration to keep their onboard computers running 24/7 … we basically have a system where we cut fuel costs, increase battery life, and create a battery market, and overall reduce all CO2 emissions, ”said Frischer.