Founded in 2015, Sunew has created a solar panel made of organic material that molds to various surfaces.
The companies have already been considered the great villains of the environment. However, a new entrepreneurial generation is coming to show that it is possible to save the planet and also make money. Sunew is one of the examples of companies that have been investing in the “green market”. The company produces organic panels to capture solar energy, which can be used to recharge vehicles in the parking lot.
The project began to take shape in 2008 when FIR Capital, a mining investment fund, decided to invest in the renewable energy sector. In partnership with the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, the institution created the CSEM Brazil research center. Called Organic Photovoltaic (OPV), the solar panel was developed in this laboratory.
With technology ready, it was time to start a business to manufacture the product. This is how Sunew was born. Created in 2015, the company uses organic material to produce its solar panel. “The product has a carbon footprint 20 times lower than the other panels sold in the market,” says Tiago Alves CEO of the company.
Gas station of the future
According to the company executive, the electrification of transportation is another trend of sustainability. For electric cars to conquer their space in the city, it is necessary to have an infrastructure to recharge them.
Developed by the CSEM Brazil Research Center and Sunew in partnership with AES Tietê, the Carport project seeks to implement the technology of capturing solar energy in the parking lots. So, while the car is parked, it will be recharged.
According to the executive, the panel membrane is flexible and transparent, which allows an easy installation on the facade of a building, for example. This is what happened in the new headquarters building of TOTVS, a Brazilian software company. Sunew installed the photovoltaic technology in the windows of the development.
Tiago says there are two types of application of solar panels. On Grid systems are connected to the mains. “A smart building, for example, can generate power for the grid,” he says. In this case, the consumer may receive rebates on the electricity bill if he generates a surplus of energy.
There are also Off Grid systems, which are used to power the appliances directly. This technology is generally used in remote areas, such as indigenous villages, where there is no power grid. Tiago says that the participation of the photovoltaic solar system in the generation of energy is less than 1% but tends to grow. “It was a market above R $ 1 billion in 2017,” he says.
Source: (in portuguese) Jornal O Globo – Caderno Boa Chance.