Brampton’s Hy-Power Nano on clear path to innovation

(l-r) Joseph Grzyb, President and CEO of Hy-Power Nano, explains the benefits of Hy-Power’s Clear Hy-Power Clear Liquid Solar Blocker to Steve Shiels, CEO of the Brampton Board of Trade, and Sohail Saeed, Director of Economic Development, City of Brampton, at a customer demonstration event held at the International Conference Centre in Mississauga on Aug. 28, 2012.
Photo courtesy of Hy-Power Nano

Hy-Power Nano wants to save building  owners a lot of money.

The Brampton company’s president and founder Joseph G. Grzyb says Hy-Power’s  new energy-efficiency window product Clear Solar Heat Blocker will cut electricity bills, and he hopes to boost sales, especially in the Caribbean.

“They all have single pane glass there, so it’s going to be the greatest savings,” Grzyb told “Plus their hydro costs are 3-4 times what ours are here in North America because of the need for running air-conditioning year-round.”

Grzyb has already received inquiries from people in Barbados about installations or licensing other companies to do the coating themselves.

While the new, patented window coating was developed over “an expensive three years,” Grzyb said the cost and energy-saving benefits of the new coating are significant.

“We’re blocking 60 per cent of the infra-red rays from the sun, blocking 99.9 per cent of the UVA and cancer-causing UVB rays,” he said, estimating CSHB increases the value of double-pane glass by about 30 per cent.

CSHB is a product of nanotechnology, which is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.

Grzyb said the extremely thin size of his liquid CSHB at only eight to 10 microns allows for 85 per cent of light to come through the glass. Traditional solar films only allow a maximum of 70 per cent light to come in. “[CSHB] becomes part of the glass, not like films that can be laminated or bubble,” he said, noting similar costs for both products. “And since it’s applied on the interior surface, it’s going to stay there indefinitely.”

Hy-Power Nano has already started installing its CSHB coating on buildings and other blue-chip clients in Mississauga and other parts of the Greater Toronto Area, including Hydro One Brampton.

While the Devon Road company is waiting on more testimonials, Gryzb is already prepared for a sudden rise in demand. “We’re already geared and running with 5, 6, 7, crews to be able to do this work,” he said.

The work teams of Hy-Power Nano’s parent company, electrostatic refinishing and stucco coating company Hy-Power Coatings Limited (HPC), are already trained in CSHB’s application.

“We hope the demand is there we need to bring on four more crews, train them and get them out there,” Grzyb said, “That’d be a wonderful thing.”

Hy-Power Nano also plans on increasing its global reach by creating a training and certification program on CSHB’s application. The company will then supply the new staff with product. “So they can do it in their own areas,” Grzyb said.

As for the future, Grzyb’s company has new product aimed at touchscreens. “That’s how you make your connection,” he said of the powder creation, currently in testing. “It’s not through wiring. And we feel we have the highest and purest grade of nano type, out there.”

“Nano is the future, there’s no doubt about it.”

Grzyb created Hy-Power Coatings Limited 45 years ago and started Hy-Power Nano in 2010. Both Brampton companies were started by Grzyb and are headquartered on Devon Road.

Hy-Power Nano also recently won the 2012 Brampton Outstanding Business Achievement Award for Innovation.


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