DEVELOPMENT

At PHYSEE we believe that innovation comes in many forms. By nurturing this mindset throughout every action, we are able to grow as individuals, as a community and as a technology pioneer in the field of sustainable energy solutions. Living in the era of the fourth industrial revolution our mission is to have a positive impact on that transition. We do so with collaborative development: universities & production partners, professors & engineers, young & old, practical & scientific all go hand in hand in towards technological improvement.

Research

State of the art material research

Our research department focuses on developing luminescent coatings that are transforming windows into the first electricity- and data generating building appliances, by utilizing the entire glass surface to harness the sun’s power and convert it into clean energy. These windows will be working on the principle of a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC), absorbing the sunlight that is normally reflected by a standard window and re-directing the light towards the edges where integrated PV cells convert it into electricity.

In order to produce such luminescent coatings, two deposition techniques are considered and developed, namely magnetron sputtering and phosphor-embedded (luminescent particles) wet-coatings. At PHYSEE we use stable inorganic luminescent materials that are environmentally friendly (non-toxic). All coatings have broad absorption (from UV over visible to near NIR) as well as sharp emission in the near infrared region, allowing for almost no self-absorption.

Development

Connected services improving building performance

Our Development department ensures that the circular usage of energy is upheld, with new means of technological innovation. This connects the functionality of solar cells and data sensors with the grid for direct and clean energy usage. Early-adapting innovation comes with challenges which our Development team is constantly facing.  Finding new ways of producing higher amounts of power with limited PV space as well as optimal flow of energy, with the least amount of energy lost in the process is a focus point of continuous innovation.

Production

Integration of cutting-edge technology into certified building facades

Innovation is de facto commercialising inventions. In order to take that step, dedicated professionals are required to design and engineer products and services for our market. Our Production department assumes responsibility of scaling up the different developed technologies to make them ready for implementation in project sites. Starting with prototyping hardware, programming beta-devices and co-creating real-size mock-ups, all the way to scaling assembly processes, certifying products and integrating these in production lines. With experience in both PropTech and energy industries, this department can engineer to specific customer demands and governmental requirements.

Research Lab

Globally recognized research facilities and partners

Our internal research is carried out in a collaboration with the Delft University of Technology, at the Reactor Institute Delft (RID), where we perform different deposition techniques to apply our coatings. PHYSEE has been working closely with the Luminescent Materials for Sustainable Energy Group of Dr. Erik van der Kolk, intensifying the focus on optimizing our patents, accelerating scientific progress and evolving our coatings. Externally we collaborate our research efforts with other partners, who likewise have high expectations of reduced energy consumption levels in today’s buildings. In the field of magnetron sputtering, we collaborate with Fraunhofer FEP and NSG Pilkington. We incorporate our luminescent materials in a lamination process with different industrial partners and we are exploring alternative wet-coating techniques with non-disclosed institutes. Up till this day PHYSEE has been able to financially contribute to different research projects, enabling multiple postdocs, PhD’s and graduates to execute their research and has connected more than 30 companies from over ten countries through its applied research. 

Living Lab

Real-time installation. Real-time iterations. Real-time results.

What is truly unique at PHYSEE is the speed at which innovation occurs. Creative ideas are fostered on a daily basis with often the result, that rapidly, those ideas are engineered into a mockup and tested in our very own LivingLab. This quick “idea to execution” procedure has enabled the rapid development and continuous optimization of everything from window assembly & manufacturing, to installation and user experience. Never before have windows been assembled and tested so fast, with quick and reliable first-hand feedback rounds of end-users being our ambassadors. By making this the new standard, we are not only changing the perspective on how windows are used in buildings, but also how quickly inventions can be integrated in industry-wide sustainable advancements.

Living Lab

Real-time installation. Real-time iterations. Real-time results.

What is truly unique at PHYSEE is the speed at which innovation occurs. Creative ideas are fostered on a daily basis with often the result, that rapidly, those ideas are engineered into a mockup and tested in our very own LivingLab. This quick “idea to execution” procedure has enabled the rapid development and continuous optimization of everything from window assembly & manufacturing, to installation and user experience. Never before have windows been assembled and tested so fast, with quick and reliable first-hand feedback rounds of end-users being our ambassadors. By making this the new standard, we are not only changing the perspective on how windows are used in buildings, but also how quickly inventions can be integrated in industry-wide sustainable advancements.

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