- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 26 Nov 2020
Renewable energy experts from the University of Exeter led by solar scientist Dr Hasan Baig and world-leading renewable energy scientist Professor Tapas Mallick, have developed a pioneering new technique using Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).
Solar Squared is a glass block which can be incorporated into a building’s fabric, and is designed to collect solar energy and convert it to electricity. It is hoped that this product, as with other BIPVs, such as the solar tile that has been created by Tesla, will accelerate the widespread introduction of net-zero energy buildings, by allowing buildings to produce their own electricity on-site.
Solar Squared blocks are designed, in collaboration with Glass Block Technology Ltd., to fit seamlessly into new buildings or as part of renovations in existing buildings. Transparent glass bricks replace traditional bricks and mortar, providing excellent daylighting, and achieving greater thermal insulation than traditional glass blocks. Intelligent optics are contained inside the Solar Squared blocks that focus the incoming solar radiation onto small cells, enhancing the overall energy generated by each.
Build Solar are hoping to encourage investment for commercial testing with an aim of taking it to market in 2018. The patent-pending technology is currently at the prototype stage, with designs being fine-tuned in advance of testing at pilot sites.
Dr Hasan Baig, founder of Build Solar, said:
Professor Tapas Mallick, chief scientific advisor for Build Solar, said:
“We are aiming to build integrated, affordable, efficient and attractive solar technologies, which have the smallest impact on the local landscape. It’s an exciting venture and one that should capture the imagination of the construction industry, when looking to develop new office blocks and public buildings or infrastructure projects such as train stations and carparks.”
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
A look at the Government's strategic approach.
Steps to help reduce the spread of infection inside buildings.
This social media-centred hobby can be both dangerous and illegal.
Millwork wall treatment with a long and illustrious history.
HSE introduces cumulative exposure calculator.
The Edwardians and their houses.
Cut off from civilian life for over 900 years.
Gaining green support from the carbon giants.
Medieval passageways with spiritual, transport and economic purposes.
Organisation receives accreditation from Investors in People.
Click the button to subscribe.
Communicating the right information at the right time.
Materials can take on different properties to control heat and glare.
Challenges in the construction sector and beyond.