SolarWindow Technologies, developer of transparent electricity-generating liquid coatings for glass and flexible plastics, has begun initial work on transparent electricity-generating veneers. These could be applied directly on to existing windows of homes and commercial buildings, for which there are an estimated over 430 million square feet of windows in the U.S. alone.
To address the marketplace for existing properties, especially the five million tall towers that consume almost 40% of the electricity generated in the United States, SolarWindow envisions transparent flexible veneers that have an innovative ‘fastening system’ on one side and a transparent electricity-generating coating on the other. To convert an existing passive window into an electricity-generating active window with a SolarWindow™ veneer, installers would simply cut the veneers to size on location and attach the ‘fastening system’ to existing glass. Then, using a proprietary interconnection system, the electricity generated can be routed into the building’s electrical system or connected directly to fixtures for use.
SolarWindow has already developed proprietary, patent-pending, electricity-generating liquid coatings being engineered to be applied to new glass during high-speed manufacturing using existing infrastructure and fabrication processes at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. The company’s transparent SolarWindow™ technology is so revolutionary that it has been presented before members of the U.S. Congress and received noteworthy recognition in many well-known publications worldwide.
When newly manufactured glass is coated with SolarWindow™ electricity-generating liquids and fabricated into a window, it has the potential of turning entire buildings into vertical power generators, reducing electricity costs by up to 50% per year. SolarWindow™ can provide a one-year financial payback while producing 50-times greater energy than rooftop solar when modeled for a 50-story building, according to the company’s independently validated Power & Financial Model. For the same modeled building, SolarWindow™ modules could provide the equivalent reductions in carbon dioxide emissions produced by as much as 770 acres of forest sequestering carbon dioxide.
For the new construction market, SolarWindow is currently engaged in various initiatives and ongoing discussions with leading financial and industry participants for the integration and eventual commercialization of the SolarWindow™ coatings into the flat glass market, which is a $72 billion industry worldwide.