Andersen Corp. and Ubiquitous Energy have agreed to jointly develop energy-generating door and window products that will “revolutionize solar generation for residential and light commercial buildings,” according to an Andersen news release.
The products will leverage Ubiquitous Energy’s UE Power technology, which the release says is the only patented and visibly transparent photovoltaic glass coating that harnesses solar power to generate electricity. The products the companies will develop are intended to bring renewable energy generation to windows and doors alongside a “clear, natural experience that is similar to what is expected from traditional windows and doors.”
“By combining Andersen’s expertise in crafting innovative window and door products that deliver quality, design aesthetic and energy efficiency with the unique properties of UE Power technology, our vision is to develop products that go beyond energy efficiency to energy generation,” says Brandon Berg, senior vice president, research, development and innovation at Andersen. “This is a powerful opportunity to leverage our industry leadership, product development expertise and manufacturing capabilities to help bring innovative new products to the marketplace that will improve the homeowner experience and make the world a better place.”
Andersen invested in Ubiquitous Energy’s Series B financing in 2021. Andersen is a leading investor in Ubiquitous Energy, and its most recent investment represents the company’s focus on advancing the industry with “disruptive technology solutions.” The end goal, as noted in the news release, is to elevate the industry and contribute to a healthier environment.
“Ubiquitous Energy has demonstrated significant progress, validating its large area coating equipment with the ability to uniformly coat floor-to-ceiling glass in addition to advancing its next-generation materials pipeline using artificial intelligence,” Andersen wrote in the release. “UE Power technology serves as a visibly transparent solar panel that adds renewable energy generation capabilities to window and door glass while maintaining visual aesthetics.”
Ubiquitous Energy is also raising funds for a U.S.-based manufacturing facility that would supply the transparent units to Andersen, additional partners and customers.
“We are excited to continue to deepen our relationship with Andersen to together create the first UE Power window and door products for residential and light commercial buildings. Our companies have a shared goal of changing the way the world uses solar power and positively impacting the environment in a big way without compromising aesthetics or function,” says Susan Stone, CEO of Ubiquitous Energy.