IN² Profile: Polyceed Electrochromic Window Technology Expected to Lower Energy Costs - Video Text Version
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Rob Tenent: The technology has been demonstrated on a fairly small-scale, about a five by seven inch type of format at this point and time. The work that we are doing with them is scaling that up to a larger format and then also exploring some different chemistry options for them.
Maha Achour: Hello, my name is Maha Achour and I am the founder of Polyceed. I attained my PhD from MIT in Particle Physics and pioneered optical with material wireless and computational technologies. I have over 20 publications, 40 issued patents, and 8 pending patent applications. I have previously raised funding from Sequoia Capital and Khosla Ventures.
The Polyceed team has over 120 years of combined experience in related fields and over 25 years of experience in electrochromic windows. Polyceed's vision is to dominate the $90 billion dollar low-e window market using our proprietary low-cost dynamic glass technologies. These novel structures use conventional material and fabrication processes and are wirelessly controlled without requiring external wiring.
Polyceed's products are 75% lower cost than conventional dynamic windows and offer small residences $200 a year of cost savings for that energy consumption. This is compared to the low-beam windows.
We are currently working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to build our first commercial prototype, in association with the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator.
Rob Tenent: So being able to really bridge that early stage gap to get them over the credibility hump, sort of speak, is where the strong value is for them.
Maha Achour: Polyceed dynamic glass transitions from color to clear state by shorting the metal electrode and electrochromic electrode. The clear state is stable even when the circuit is open, and then very low voltage is applied using the on-board wireless controlled battery to transition back to the transparent state. Once the transparent state is achieved, no further voltage is required.