Solar Curtain Concept A Cool Summer Idea

We’ve all been there – it’s a beautiful, warm sunny day outside, and you’re living in darkness with the blackout curtains drawn, trying to give your air conditioner (or paper fan + hand) a break from the intense sunlight.  For those of us who don’t enjoy living like vampires, there’s an interesting design concept that is inspired by nature and also protects nature by capturing sunlight for immediate and future use.

More solar energy is absorbed by the Earth in just a few hours than the whole world uses in an entire year – the key is just figuring out how to capture it and put it to use, which is exactly what the Eco.Leaf Solar Curtain design concept seeks to do.

Eco.Leaf Solar Curtain

image via Eco.Leaf

The idea is relatively simple – the curtain has photovoltaic solar cells on the back surface which absorb infrared light and let visible light shine through so you’re still aware it’s daytime. Unlike thick curtains, you can pull on a cord to open slits which allows ventilation and adds to the design element. After the sun sets, stored solar energy powers the integrated leaf-shaped OLEDs (more on those in a minute) to give off a nice glow for eco-friendly mood-lighting. To top it off, the design incorporates an E-ink display that tells the temperature and time.

Angeli Duffin is a Midwest transplant currently living in San Francisco, CA. Kicking off her career doing product design and development with Fair Trade artisans around the world, she then moved on to the editorial side, writing for eBay’s Green Team blog and working as a marketing consultant for social and environmentally minded companies