Singapore – Singapore Safety Glass (SSG) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Asahi Glass Company Limited (AGC) of Japan to acquire technological and marketing know-how for the purpose of installing and marketing AGC’s glass with built-in photovoltaic (PV) modules for Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV). With this MOU, SSG has become the first partner in Southeast Asia for AGC in the development of BIPV in the region.
In this MOU, SSG has acquired the support of AGC in the development and promotion of glass-glass PV modules in Singapore. AGC will be providing training, technical assistance, and marketing materials. Unlike conventional solar modules which are made with glass on the front surface and a film on the back surface, glass-glass PV modules are made with glass on both surfaces making it suitable for application and installation on building roofs and façade.
While conventional standard PV modules have made their significant inroads on rooftops in Singapore, BIPV adoption in Singapore has yet to take off in buildings integrated features and facades. AGC and SSG are confident that with the right technology and materials, they will see wider adoption of building integrated PV and contribute to the development of Singapore to become a truly urban solar city.