Solar PV developers have been spending more time on aesthetics recently. They've created solar roof tiles that blend in with a building's roof and now RSi Solar has announced that they've designed transparent solar windows.
The photovoltaic windows generate 80 - 250 watts each, depending on the size. What is more impressive are the extra features the windows contain. Besides harnessing the sun's energy, they reduce heat, which reduces cooling costs and they provide a 100 percent reduction in UV and infrared radiation. They can be customized to include bulletproofing or to meet specific weather or climate needs.
The company claims this new design could result in energy savings of 50 percent based on a recent case study. The company is also working on smart home features like an electrical privacy curtain and the ability for the window to transform into a light panel.
These windows almost seem too good to be true and I can't wait to see them in action. RSi already has plans to install them in buildings in Las Vegas and Hollywood. Hopefully the technology will trickle down to more everyday buildings soon.
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