TÜV SÜD tests conclude ClearVue Solar Vision Glass meets high performance classification criteria making it safe for building façades.

February 13, 2024 – Perth, Australia – ClearVue Technologies Limited confirms its clear solar glazing unit is certified fire-safe and approved for buildings over 18 metres and in high-risk environments such as hospitals, schools, and hotels.

ClearVuePV solar glazing unit has met stringent classifications for non-combustibility, little or no smoke propagation, and no flaming droplets (which contribute to the fire load and fire growth under the condition of a fully developed fire).

ClearVue CEO Martin Deil said,

“ClearVue’s fire safe certification is a game-changer for the construction industry. Fire performance of building materials has been under scrutiny globally since the fatal 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London. This has been a major impediment to the construction industry adopting building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as BIPVs have been unable to meet the same fire safety criteria as non-solar building materials.

“The fire testing performed on our Solar Vision Glass demonstrates that our photovoltaic double glazing unit meets the same fire classification ratings as standard curtain wall glazing units.”

“It is extremely rare, if not unheard of, for building integrated photovoltaic façade solutions to achieve fire safety ratings of these exhaustive and exacting standards. With this certification, ClearVue Solar Vision Glass can be used in a broad range of buildings due to its excellent fire safety performance.

“Now our groundbreaking technology can be specified with confidence by leading architects, real estate developers, and investors knowing that our solutions meet rigorous fire testing credentials and generate renewable solar energy that offsets building operational energy requirements.”

ClearVue’s solar glazing technology generating energy across building envelopes is certified by TÜV SÜD under the EN 13501-1:2018 standard for fire classification of construction products and building elements. ClearVue Generation 2 Vision Solar Glass achieved A2-s1, d0 classification rating.

The TÜV SÜD fire classification tests determined that ClearVue’s Solar Vision Glass is non-combustible and does not significantly contribute to the formation or spread of fire (A2 rating). Further, the double-glazing unit performed at the highest levels because it exhibited only minimal smoke propagation (s1 rating) and no flaming droplets or debris falling from the unit while burning (d0 rating).