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Carbon neutral architecture @Ecobuild 2017

PIL Group showcase solutions research
Carbon neutral architecture @Ecobuild 2017

Mark Portnoi holding a flexible Luminescent Solar Concentrator

Towards Carbon Neutral architecture @Ecobuild 2017: Dr Ioannis Papakonstantinou’s group showcase their luminescent concentrators and smart window materials

Most of the world’s man-made carbon emissions are released by burning fossil fuels to create electricity, heat or motion. We can help to reduce these emissions through innovations in the way we design and construct buildings.

Dr Ioannis Papakonstantinou and his PhD student Mark Portnoi have presented their research at Ecobuild, the UK's largest and most popular event dedicated to creating a more sustainable built environment taking place at Excel London from 7-9th March.

Their latest discoveries in future building materials and processes featured during the exhibition will help to build a low carbon future, through the following innovations:

  • Self-cleaning, thermochromic windows that combine nanotechnology with materials innovation to dim during hot weather reducing glare as well as heat transmission
  • Luminescent solar concentrators with the potential to lead an aesthetic revolution in the integration of solar energy into building design

About Dr Papakonstantinou

Ioannis Papakonstantinou is founder of the Photonic Innovations Lab and a senior lecturer at UCL. He has previously held positions in Sharp Laboratories of Europe, and the CERN-European Organisation for Nuclear Research. He is a member of UCL’s board of Energy Directors and holder of a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant on smart windows.