Researchers at the Tampa, Florida College USF have discovered a simple spray that makes any piece of glass a photovoltaic cell. This means that any window, glass, skylight or other glass structure on the outside of a building or house can be manipulated to produce photovoltaic power.
A nano-spray film called SolarWindow is sponsored by New Energy Technologies and helped come to light by Professor Xiaomei Jiang of USF. Originally starting research on a piece of glass the size of a rice grain, Jiang’s next prototype was a one by one inch piece of glass. Eventually working the prototype to its current size, a solid piece of clear window glass filled with tiny squares, a ¼ the size of a grain of rice, these small solar cells are the smallest in the world.
For the first time in the world these tiny solar cells have produced electricity from both natural and artificial sources. This translates into a huge performance gain over conventional thin-film technologies by as much as ten times as great.
While that is great news in itself, the fact of the matter is that these solar film technologies can be added to already existing glass. That’s good news for business that have vast glass surfaces already and are looking for a cheap alternative to green power. LEED ratings are expected to go through the roof.
New Energy Technologies who is sponsoring the project and is purchasing the patents is also developing many new alternative power supplies. Also under their wing is the MotionPower roadway systems that capture kinetic energy through moving vehicles that pass by and transfer it into electricity.
While SolarWindow is still a new technology, it is in the works for producing this commercial. That could mean an estimated 80 million single family homes could be going green sooner and cheaper than you think.
Check out New Energy Technologies website at newenergytechnologiesinc.com to see more about this technology and other fascinating innovations for alternative energy.