Transparent Solar Windows Step Closer To Reality

Wouldn’t it be great if all the windows in a big, smoked glass high-rise were actually transparent solar panels? Recently, a company called New Energy Technologies, Inc. announced that it has overcome a significant hurdle in making this vision a reality: developing a see-through compound to take the place of metals.The company is already known for its kinetic car energy drive over platforms.

The elimination of metal from the company’s SolarWindow product (currently under development) poses a unique challenge, as it’s a component that acts as the negative ‘polar contact’–a key component in collecting the electricity generated from spray on- solar cells.  The production of electricity this way is made possible by what are believed to be the world’s tiniest working solar cells, which have been successfully applied to glass surfaces by researchers working on the technology.

image via LiveScience

image via LiveScience

Meetesh V. Patel, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. said, in a statement, “We have successfully replaced the metal contact component in our SolarWindow with non-metallic compounds, and in so doing, achieved significantly greater transparency, a key factor in advancing our technology along the commercial product development path.  The importance of this breakthrough cannot be overstated.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.