Glass Solar Windows to Follow Glass Solar Roofs?

Glass Solar Windows to Follow Glass Solar Roofs?

May 25, 2017

by Margarita Fournier, Copyright 2016 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

Tesla’s new solar roof is made up of ‘shingles,’ some of which will have active solar cells. And now, according to Electric Light & Power, we may soon be able to buy ‘solar windows.’ “SolarWindow Technologies’ transparent solar power-generating glass has been processed through the autoclave system for window glass lamination at a commercial window fabricator. Layered with SolarWindow electricity-generating liquid coatings, glass modules were subjected to the extremely high heat and pressure of autoclave equipment located at the fabricator’s facility. Despite the SolarWindow modules being subjected to the harsh pressure and temperature conditions, subsequent performance testing confirmed that the modules continued to produce power, paving the way for deployment of the company’s electricity-generating windows. When clad with electricity-generating windows, tall towers and skyscrapers could become clean power generators, the company says. A single SolarWindow installation on a 50-story building, for example, could reduce electricity costs by as much as 50 percent per year, avoid more than two million miles of equivalent carbon dioxide emitted by vehicles on the road, and achieve a one-year financial payback, according to engineering modeling.”

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