SolarGaps smart solar blinds is world’s first solution allowing most of the households and commercial buildings to easily utilize window area for efficient green energy generation thus decreasing electricity bill and CO2 emissions. According to the European Parliament buildings today are responsible for 36% of energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Europe, and so Directive on the energy performance of buildings requires all new buildings to be near zero-energy consumption from 2020 onwards. However, the old buildings refurbishment remains the main challenge. From the consumer perspective, increasing electricity prices create a challenge for both households and business budgets. Therefore, private solar photovoltaic electricity becomes very popular in developed market as its price decreases, but there is no efficient solution for those without sufficient roof or land area. On other hand smart shading solutions are also in demand as they not only increase life quality and working efficiency but can also contribute to buildings' energy efficiency decreasing electricity bill. However, on the existing market there is a lack of affordable, easily compatible exterior smart home and smart office shading solutions. SolarGaps creates unique value by executing two functions simultaneously: saving up to 30% of electricity bill (as a shading and a solar energy generation device), while enhancing life quality for B2C clients and creating pleasant working environment for B2B customers.
Currently, SolarGaps has fully functional B2C product and is collecting feedback. Thus, objective of the Phase 2 project is to complete the technological and commercial development of the powerful B2B smart solar blinds system, set-up and test pilot production infrastructure, validate the SolarGaps smart solar blinds performance during the piloting with B2B customer and bring the product to the
market based on the commercialisation plan developed during the Phase 1 project of SME Instrument.
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