New Energy Debuts SolarWindow using Spray-On Solar Technology
New Energy SolarWindow Spray-On Coating Turns Ordinary Windows into Electricity-Generating Solar Modules
New Energy Technologies debuted last Thursday the first-of-its-kind, spray-on solar technology, called SolarWindow. The technology is capable of transforming everyday surfaces, such as windows, into energy-generating devices using both natural and artificial light sources. According to the company, SolarWindow outperforms today's commercial solar and thin-film technologies by as much as 10-fold under low-intensity irradiance.
Until now, most solar modules have remained opaque with the prospect of creating a see-thru glass window capable of generating electricity limited by the use of metals and various expensive processes which block visibility and prevent light from passing through glass window surfaces. Using NewEnergy's SolarWindow technology, electrical power is generated on glass when the SolarWindow coatings are sprayed onto surfaces using commercially available equipment. This patent-pending process enables researchers to spray SolarWindow coatings onto glass at room temperature, eliminating expensive and often cumbersome high-temperature or high-vacuum production methods typically used by current solar manufacturers.
New Energy researchers have developed a working prototype of the company's SolarWindow technology in preparation for eventual full-scale production. Low production costs, improved manufacturability, and increased power performance are among important, recently announced objectives researchers are now targeting. Key to these advances is the development of new methods and technologies for applying New Energy's electricity-generating coatings, such as SolarWindow, to glass surfaces.