Creating a sustainable environment together

The power of the sun is something we try to harness in different ways. Cells and panels are already quite well-known ways, but what if your window could convert light into electricity? Think this sounds exciting and promising for the future? Think twice because the future is now! Dutch start-up Physee produces fully transparent and colorless electricity-generating windows.

Physee is able to capitalize on large glass surfaces to produce power. Conventional glass reflects about 30% of the incoming light, Physee’s PowerWindows instead collect the light through a coating on the outside windowpane. This is transported through the glass and converted at solar cell strips inside the window frame.

The World Economic Forum marked them as one of the Technology Pioneers. The global community of Technology Pioneers provides a platform for spearheading companies that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

CEO of Physee Ferdinand Grapperhaus participated in the forum and mentions that “it has been an overwhelming experience. I wanted to see how we can improve linking of crossover technologies. For example 'the energy internet'. Many trading platforms and bilateral solutions are arising. This is exactly what we need, however we are disoriented in the middle of all these different innovative energy technologies. Therefore I advocate a platform in which all solutions can plug in to. This will both speed-up and increase impact tremendously.”

The fourth industrial revolution

A term that often comes up when looking at technologies that change the way we live, work and relate to each other is the fourth industrial revolution. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum sums it up as follows: “The first industrial revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The second used electric power to create mass production. The third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now a fourth industrial revolution is building on the third, the digital revolution. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.”

Mr. Grapperhaus feels that these developments provide incentives to build a sustainable future. “We need an energy disruption instead of just an energy transition, and the fourth industrial revolution is the tool to create that disruptive motion. During the World Economic Forum I think China really showed to have become intrinsically motivated to contribute to sustainable innovation. I also learned to contribute uncompromisingly and now I am aware that many are committed to improve the state of the world.”