Window doubles as solar panel

Window doubles as solar panel

Summary: New technology from Pythagoras Solar has resulted in the development of what the company is calling the industry's "first energy efficient, transparent and high power-density photovoltaic glass unit. The new product could show up in curtain walls (like the one shown below), skylights or windows by the second half of 2010.

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New technology from Pythagoras Solar has resulted in the development of what the company is calling the industry's "first energy efficient, transparent and high power-density photovoltaic glass unit. The new product could show up in curtain walls (like the one shown below), skylights or windows by the second half of 2010.

The company has signed deals with manufacturers including Arkema, China Sunergy and Flextronics in order to get the new technology to market as quickly as possible.

Gonen Fink, co-founder and CEO of Phythagoras Sola, says the new material should help construction companies bridge the gap between materials that are energy efficient and aesthetically appealing. The material combines insulating qualities, shading and lighting benefits AND, as implied, solar generation features. So, it both blocks the sun to keep it cool inside and captures sunlight to create solar energy. The video below talks about how the technology works:

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  • RE: Window doubles as solar panel

    In my world, just about the only "green" I care about usually involves Ben Franklin and his co-horts. Still, it's easy to appreciate a technology that isn't just earth-friendly, but also saves plenty of those bills over time. I think aesthetics and cost are a big reason you don't see more Solar technology in homes and businesses right now, and stuff like this can only help to bring the technology more into the main-stream. Pretty cool.
    Playdrv4me
  • Solar

    Just waiting for costs and efficiency to get better.
    My two story has a huge south facing wall.
    Being in the back asthetics are not as high on the list but still I don't want it to look home made.
    Selling back electricity would be my main goal, my bill is usually only $130 a month so it should not be difficult to cover that and then some with solar panels.
    MoeFugger
  • RE: Window doubles as solar panel

    Absolutely amazing! I am just hoping for affordability.
    About Ebusiness
  • Seems to preclude passive solar heating

    The video makes it seem like it's for commercial buildings and only works well in the summer. How can you get pasive solar heating in the winter if the windows don't transmit much of the light.
    ron.cleaver@...