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Electricity-Generating Windows Could Turn Skyscrapers into Solar Farms

Electricity-Generating Windows Could Turn Skyscrapers into Solar Farms

September 9, 2016

By Jelor Gallego

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SolarWindow has announced that they are working on “transparent electricity-generating veneers.” In other words, transparent solar cells that can be applied to existing windows.

- The company is looking at tapping the skyscraper market, which consumes 40% of the electricity generated in the US. The company asserts that its technology could cut energy expenditures of the 5 million tall towers in the US by 50%, and supposedly provide 50-times greater energy than rooftop solar (according to their models).

- SolarWindow notes that they started out making liquid coatings that could be applied into windows that would make them solar panels. --- “We apply liquid coatings to glass and plastic surfaces at ambient pressure, and dry these coatings at low temperature to produce transparent films,” CEO John Conklin noted to Digital Trends. “We repeat these processes, and then collectively these coatings — and thus the glass and plastic surfaces — generate electricity.”

- This new transparent veneer offering eschews the liquid application process. Instead, the products will come as glass that could be fastened to existing windows, turning them to solar panels. These products would have a “fastening” side and a transparent, electricity-generating side. Their own interconnection system would then be connected to the building’s electricity supply or to fixtures and equipment.


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