"ASX-listed ClearVue Technologies has announced a manufacturing breakthrough
that could produce its new generation of solar glass 92 per cent faster than
previous methods and deliver “substantial” cost savings.
The Perth-based company says the breakthrough was made by a Chinese
manufacturer, who made 80 of it “integrated glazing units” that combine clear
glass with electrical circuitry to generate electricity.
ClearVue’s second generation unit was designed to be easier to make using
standard, mass production lines. It was first tested in Singapore, which was
able to reduce fabrication and assembly time by 90 per cent.
The Chinese manufacturer made the 80 units on an existing commercial production
line and said adding the extra components to the ClearVue glass units added
five minutes to the production time for each.
ClearVue CEO Martin Deil says this has cut the amount of labour required for
making the units from hours to minutes and he expects the cost savings to be
“Our building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPVs) can be produced on mass
production lines without the need for glass manufacturers to make changes to
their standardised lines, providing them with reduced capital costs, and less
downtime between different product runs,” Deil said in a statement.
“By reducing fabrication and assembly times, we lower their costs and increase
their production outputs and manufacturing plant capability, leading to lower
cost products for end-customers.”"
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