Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) has entered into a partnership with General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) to develop energy-generating solar window technology.
The initiative is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme of GIC Re, in alignment with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4, 7, 9, and 11, aimed at promoting education, green energy, and sustainability.
Lead scientist Professor Soumitra Satapathi from the Department of Physics will lead the project to develop semi-transparent perovskite solar cells for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). The technology will harness electricity during the daytime and reduce reliance on traditional electricity sources. The project aims to advance research in perovskite solar cells, which offer high efficiencies and cost-effective energy solutions. The partnership is set to be carried out under a memorandum of understanding between IIT Roorkee Development Foundation (IITRDF) and GIC Re.
The partnership underscores the growing interest in perovskite solar technology, which is increasingly being integrated into building designs to create energy-efficient infrastructure. The solar window technology can enhance building aesthetics by transforming conventional windows into energy-generating units, which offer considerable savings on energy costs. The development of sustainable energy technology is essential to meet the growing demand for energy while reducing carbon footprints, mitigating climate change, and promoting sustainable development.
The project is an essential step in advancing solar window technology in India and promotes the use of sustainable energy sources in the country. It is expected to contribute significantly to the development of cost-effective energy solutions, reduce carbon emissions, and promote sustainable growth.