Net Zero Strategy : reduce 17.5% of Co2 emissions
Residential buildings (10.9%): energy related emissions from the generation of electricity for lighting, appliances, cooking etc. and heating at home.
Commercial buildings (6.6%): energy related emissions from the generation of electricity for lighting, appliances, etc. and heating in commercial buildings such as offices, restaurants, and shops.
What is the problem ?
To answer this we have to ask another question, that is, why can’t we turn city sky scrapers into solar power stations that feed into the grid and power our cities ? The reason is that the existing State of the Art solar technology is both inefficient and impractical and therefore the uptake has been slow. On inefficiency terms, the solar spectrum is primarily divided into 2 types of energy, visible and heat (infrared), each occupies around half of the available solar that can be captured and used. The problem with existing technologies is that they only absorb in either the visible or the heat range of the spectrum which means that we are immediately throwing away half the available energy. On the impractical side, existing solar technology is not versatile in it’s integration with buildings and is often not robust enough to last the lifetime of the building and replacing the building because the solar technology fails is not a feasible option.
How will Seeds solve this ?
Applications : Transparent solar powered Glass, battery electrodes
Seeds are developing solar inks that are robust and highly versatile and can be applied to glass surfaces. The inks have the potential of absorbing solar energy in both the visible and heat ranges which will mean that the technology can vastly outperform the state-of-the-art. By pairing Seeds solar energy capture with Seeds energy storage technologies this gives the possibility of 24 hour energy coverage.