SolarWindow Technologies just declared their plans to create a transparent power-generating glass that is extremely flexible and way thinner than a business card for application over curved and flat surfaces. This flexible glass comes as an extra addition to SolarWindow’s liquid solar coverings for strong glass. This glass has validated its worth independently for power generation from rooftop solar which is fifty times better than the power generated by regular solar roof top. The company also offers 12 months payback whenever it is modeled over a 50-storey building.
SolarWindow’s team of scientists came up with a completely new flexible glass item when they applied a few layers of liquid coatings over the Corning’s Willow Glass. It was further laminated under very high pressure and temperature of manufacturing processes that are used by window manufacturers and commercial glasses. The resulting product was a “bendable glass veneer”. The product has endless uses and applications in the real world. The biggest one that SolarWindow looks forward to is application of these coatings over windows of skyscraper buildings. It is a process that will turn these buildings into huge vertical solar power generators and reducing carbon footprint to a larger extent.
These veneers can as well be applied over trucks, buses, cars, buses, and so forth which will turn them into moving power generators that can reduce the carbon footprint. The CEO and president of SolarWindow, John Conklin, says “We’re excited to expand our capabilities with brand new ways of generating clean electricity on almost any surface imaginable by using flexible Corning Willow Glass.” According to a senior scientists who is working at the Thin Folm Material Science and Processing Group in the Material Science Center of NREL, “While generating electricity on flexible glass presents obvious commercial opportunities, this approach is especially attractive to high-speed roll-to-roll manufacturing for maximizing output while lowering production costs.”
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