Electricity-generating Glass a Boon for Solar Energy Market


Pollution is reaching alarming levels and natural energy resources are depleting. Consequently, the efforts to develop alternatives that can counter both these glaring issues has escalated in the past decade, and results are now showing up. SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. have developed a transparent electricity-generating glass that can turn sunlight passing through it into energy. This development is expected to have a pied piper effect on the global solar energy market, as it has already passed real-world testing.

The company promises that a single installation of their electricity-generating glass on a 50-storey building can not only slash the electricity bills by half, the carbon dioxide that the building would have otherwise caused can be reduced significantly, as much as a fossil fuel vehicle traveling for two million miles!

Autoclave Lamination Process Successful

According to the President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, their electricity-generating glass has successfully come through the autoclave lamination process. This is a significant step in the direction of safety and formulating a stable architecture, as this process uses high pressure and heat in order to bond layers of glass together. Layered with liquid coating made by SolarWindow, when subjected to extreme heat and pressure, the modules were able to sustain the production of power.

Earlier this month, the company had announced that their modules had also successfully passed weather-performance testing, withstanding more than 200 freeze/thaw cycles. Altogether, electricity generating glass has been proven to deal with real-world weather conditions and are able to operate for long lifetimes.

Solar Energy a Solution to Escalating Power Demands

John Conklin reveals that their technology experts have been contemplating the prospect of electricity-generating windows that can power tall towers and skyscrapers for quite some time now. These large structures consumer nearly 40% of the electricity produced by the U.S.

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