In a thrilling breakthrough, scientists with New Energy Technologies and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have created a conductive wiring system that is invisible to the naked eye, which brings us one step closer to windows that will harvest the sun’s energy. That’s right, see-through, solar paneled windows.
“Currently under ongoing development, the conductive system’s ultra-fine grid-like pattern is deposited on to SolarWindow™ and is rendered virtually invisible when viewing objects through New Energy’s electricity-generating glass. Researchers anticipate that a fully functional system could help transport the electricity generated on glass surfaces, improving power, efficiency, and overall performance of the Company’s SolarWindow™.
Currently under development for eventual commercial deployment in the estimated 85 million commercial buildings and homes in America, SolarWindow™ is the world’s first-of-its-kind technology capable of generating electricity on see-through glass windows.”
We’ve established that solar energy is one of the most efficient ways to power our homes and businesses. Now, imagine instead of using ground space or attaching paneling to a building, we can simply integrate that technology into a building’s windows – without altering the visual functionality of that window. The global potential for this type of energy harnessing is quite powerful!
One of the most exciting elements of the field of energy-efficiency is that we’re sitting in a hotbed of innovation and invention. To think where this industry was 10 or 20 years ago and view the advances in technology since then is quite boggling (and exhilarating)! We’re a bit ecstatic over this latest development and can’t wait until the technology is available at a consumer level.
Once solar windows are available, will you integrate them into your home or building?