SolarWindow unveils new energy-generating glass that bends

January 18, 2017 by  
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SolarWindow made headlines for their business-card thin solar coating for curved glass surfaces in late 2016, and now they’re going a step further with a new kind of flexible glass capable of generating clean energy . The firm created a super thin, bendable ” glass ‘veneer’ ” that if applied to skyscrapers , cars, or even planes, could totally transform the way we produce and obtain solar power . SolarWindow created the revolutionary flexible glass by applying layers of their liquid Electricity Generating Coating to Corning Willow Glass and laminating the product, simulating the temperatures and high pressures commercial producers utilize when they manufacture regular old stiff glass. This time they were able to produce what they call a veneer that’s again as thin as a business card, but can still generate electricity . Related: SolarWindow unveils ultra-thin solar film for curved glass surfaces SolarWindow CEO John Conklin said in a statement, “Along with our SolarWindow liquid coatings for rigid glass, we’re excited to expand our capabilities with brand new ways of generating clean electricity on almost any surface imaginable by using flexible Corning Willow Glass. As leaders in the sector, we’re setting out a clear vision for the future with this new, innovative technology .” SolarWindow’s vision for the glass is to refashion skyscrapers into super green “vertical power generators,” allowing buildings to generate renewable energy just by standing in the sun. But it’s not only buildings that can benefit from their new glass; as it’s bendable and flexible, the glass could be applied to cars, boats, trucks, buses, or airplanes. The SolarWindow glass isn’t ready for the market yet, but that’s the ultimate goal. They’re developing their products under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory , and say the primary goal of a CRADA is commercialization. When the glass is finally ready, it could radically help companies and families reduce their carbon footprint . + SolarWindow Technologies Images via SolarWindow and Max Pixel

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SolarWindow unveils ultra-thin solar film for curved glass surfaces

December 12, 2016 by  
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In a revolutionary move for the solar power industry, Solar Window Technologies recently announced a new flexible solar panel coating for curved glass surfaces that is as thin as a business card and flexible enough to bend without breaking or cracking. The company says that, when applied to a 50-storey building, the coatings can achieve a one-year financial payback by creating 50-times more power than conventional solar. To put it that claim into perspective, the average solar system take about five to 11 years for a full payback. SolarWindow is currently a leading developer of transparent solar coatings for glass windows in tall towers and skyscrapers. With this new product, the first-ever electricity-generating flexible glass, the transparent SolarWindow coatings allow solar power to easily be integrated into a variety of non-flat surfaces, including applications in the automotive, aircraft and military industries. “Flexible glass could play a big role in window, canopy, smart building, and other building and transportation products. We believe that flexible glass can serve an even more valuable purpose by generating electricity using SolarWindow coatings,” said President and CEO, John A. Conklin. SolarWindow’s coatings are transparent, ultra-light weight and generate electricity when applied in layers thinner than a human hair. Related: Check out the world’s first lights powered by micro-sphere solar cells If the technology for their new product is the same as their original product for skyscraper windows , the coatings will be made of mainly organic components, including carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen; with the key part being the active layer that generates electricity through the absorption of light, and transparent conductors that extract electricity. The company estimates the market for their new product at about $25 billion. Now that it’s completed tests to show its coatings perform under real-life conditions, it’s well on its way toward accessing that money and keeping more carbon out of the atmosphere. + SolarWindow Technologies Images via SolarWindow

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