Solar Windows Unveiled in Taipei
A new solar window pane was unveiled at Taipei's International Optoelectronics Week by Chinese manufacturer Hua Qin. Called the Chin Hua Solar Glass Window, the window pane choices range from clear to opaque, with the highest yield of energy coming from the darker panes.
Since a semi-opaque solar window can generate about 2 watts of clean energy -- or enough energy to power a small fan -- it would take a lot of these windows to make a dent in the electric bill. But when combined with other energy-efficient building strategies, solar window technology could make the most of a previously overlooked power source. By using solar mapping, architects can incorporate the opaque solar window in high sun areas to not only produce free energy, but create a sense of privacy. As great as this product sounds, unfortunately at present Hua Qin has not set a release date for their Solar Window in Asia, let alone in the U.S.