FAIRFIELD — Joseph De Paul has chosen Fairfield as the place to market a see-through material made of metals and polymers that he says makes a big difference for air conditioning bills.
The material goes into a window frame or can be used as a screen on windows. It is designed to keep the sun that’s beating on the windows from heating up the building.
“It’s not insulation,” De Paul said. “It’s an active technology that actually reflects the heat coming through the glass.”
He and some colleagues have launched SkyeFlex Technologies in Fairfield to assemble and market the solar screens. His start-up company has leased 5,400 square feet in an industrial building at 1891 Woolner Ave.
De Paul is an engineering consultant. He worked as mechanical engineer for a new building that biotechnology giant Amgen constructed and completed in Thousand Oaks this year.
The windows proved a problem, though, letting in too much heat.
“It was winter when they moved in,” De Paul said. “You went in that office area, it was like a greenhouse.”
He looked for a solution on the Internet and learned of a Texas company called Energy Done Right. The company manufactures and is trying to sell the solar screens.
De Paul found that the concept worked. In the summer, the screens reflect heat. Flip them around in the winter and they absorb heat, making a cold building warmer.
“I said, ‘This is not being sold right, this thing is not being marketed right in the United States,’” De Paul said.
He decided to work with Energy Done Right. SkyeFlex Technologies was born to address energy efficiency through novel technologies.
SkyeFlex Technologies is working with Vince Guisande of Tri-City Glass and Mirror in Suisun City to figure out how to best incorporate the solar screen material with windows.
De Paul on a recent day showed a window frame with the solar screen. He also showed how the material can simply be used as a blind, though this lets heat into the gap between the glass and the screen.
“It will still save you money, but I like to get the optimal performance from the technology,” De Paul said.
De Paul said the solar screen can be used on houses and commercial buildings. SkyeFlex Technologies will work with the buyer. It might also offer do-it-yourself kits that people could order over the Internet.
SkyeFlex Technologies had a grand opening June 7. Among those showing up were Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, City Councilman Rick Vaccaro, City Manager Sean Quinn, Assistant City Manager David White and city Economic Development Specialist Charles Ching.
De Paul served in the Navy and has a disability, making SkyeFlex Technologies a disabled-veteran-owned small business.
He has lived in Fairfield since 1989. He had no doubt where SkyeFlex Technologies should locate. He talked about wanting to see businesses come to Fairfield and provide future jobs for today’s youths.
“I don’t want my kids to have to move away, so I’m being a little selfish,” De Paul said.
Ronnie Tolentino is doing sales and marketing work for SkyeFlex Technologies. Go to www.skyeflex.com to learn more about the company.
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