See-through breakthrough for SolarWindow

Upstart New Energy Technologies says it has created a working prototype using coatings that generate electricity on clear glass.

New Energy Technologies, which recently managed a breakthrough in its ability to generate electricity with a spray-on coating, says it now has built a working prototype of its technology using see-through glass. The development is notable, according to the company, because the result is more aesthetically pleasing than previous attempts.

Said John Conklin, president and CEO of New Energy Technologies:

"Improved transparency and color of our SolarWindow coatings allows for the development of a consumer-popular product which generates electricity on see-through glass while mimicking the aesthetic look of today's popular window tint and films. I'm most pleased that our researchers are not only working towards functionality but an attractive SolarWindow as well."

You better believe aesthetics are important. I literally sit in front of my office window every day; being able to see out, unfettered, is one of the highlights of my day. Sad, yes, I know.

New Energy Technologies is focusing on six different applications for SolarWindow:

  • Commercial buildings
  • Structural glass (for taller structures)
  • Residential
  • Architectural (think more decorative)
  • Flex, which would be like the aftermarket films that you see on windows right now
  • Building-integrated photovoltaic components

As far as I can tell, the company hasn't publicly stated when it plans to make these technologies commercially available. For now, it is plenty busy with research and development; it has filed at least two dozen patents for this technology as well as its MotionPower technology for capturing kinetic energy from roadways.

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