Powerglass Building Integrated Photovoltaics BIPV


Revolutions in glass manufacturing, photovoltaics are one of the most promising new developments in renewable energy technology.

Photovoltaics (PV) allow energy to be produced on-site via solar power, converting sunlight to energy cleanly, silently and with no maintenance. BUILDING-INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAIC (BIPV) can be used to replace conventional building materials in parts of building envelopes such as the roof, awnings, skylights, or facades. They are becoming increasingly incorporated into the construction of new buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power.

The advantage of building-integrated photovoltaic over more common non-integrated systems is that the initial cost can be offset by the reduction of building material and labour costs that would normally be incurred in constructing the part of the building that the BIPV modules replace. The fiscal advantages combined with its environmental sustainability make BIPV one of the fastest growing segments in the renewable energy generation industry.

The ORIGIN OZ PowerGlass™ line of products offer superior aesthetics and can be used to create buildings that are both sustainable and visually stunning. Our BIPV modules function not as an add-on but as an integral part of the building envelope as, unlike other building materials, PowerGlass has the added value of generating electricity directly from sunlight.

We offer a wide range of solar design products:

ORIGIN OZ PowerGlass™ Cell BIPV modules use crystalline solar cells sandwiched between two sheets of glass with space left between the cells to allow light to shine through. The benefit of this includes:

  • Photovoltaic Crystalline cells offer higher energy conversion efficiency compared to thin film cell
  • Crystalline cells give an attractive shading pattern
  • Cell spacing can be adjusted to change light transmission levels passing through the glass

ORIGIN OZ PowerGlass Film™ is a revolutionary new type of BIPV modules offering a unique semitransparent finish similar to tinted glass. It is comprised of a layer of amorphous silicon (thin-film) sandwiched between two sheets of glass and uses an ultra fine laser etching process to create an unparalleled semitransparent finish. PowerGlass™ Film is ideal for use in windows or facades for residential and commercial buildings with the following benefits:

  • Nice aesthetic appearance because of its unique homogeneous finish
  • Significantly reduces the level of UV and heat radiation, therefore saves on energy costs
  • Increase in market value due to it’s self sufficient ability or producing it’s own electricity power