Ubiquitous Energy is furloughing employees with the possibility of a full reduction in the workforce by the end of April 2024.

According to an email sent to multiple employees, the Redwood City, California-based company began furloughing employees on April 23, 2024. Company officials say that benefits will be available until the end of April. However, benefits will end if Ubiquitous needs to complete a force reduction at April’s end or if it no longer has at least two employees. This means that employees will not be eligible for COBRA but will be eligible for healthcare benefits through the state of California, regardless of where they live. The company also announced it will not deny any compensation through California’s unemployment program.

Ubiquitous was founded in 2011 as a spin-out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Miles Barr, Richard Lunt and Vladimir Bulovic created the company’s visibly transparent photovoltaic glass coating to reduce the built environment’s carbon footprint.

The company moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Redwood City in 2014. Its first window prototype debuted in 2016, and it partnered with AGC in 2018 to develop transparent and color-neutral solar coatings. Its first public demonstration was in 2018.

Ubiquitous commissioned its first manufacturing line in 2019. It installed its first windows in 2021 and partnered with Andersen Corp. in 2022 to develop energy-generating door and window products. Business Intelligence Group named Ubiquitous the 2022 Green Company of the Year that same year.

The company has installed its energy-generating windows on buildings worldwide, including at NSG Pilkington’s Northwood, Ohio, facility, Michigan State University and NSG’s Chiba, Japan, plant.

[DWM] has reached out to officials at Ubiquitous for comment. As of press time, they had not responded.

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