New Energy and NREL enter into R&D agreement


The aim is to advance the commercial development of SolarWindow, a product capable of generating electricity on see-through glass.

Under terms of the CRADA, NREL researchers will work towards achieving such goals as:

  • Further increasing SolarWindow’s efficiency and transparency;
  • ?Boosting electrical power (current and voltage) output; ?
  • Optimizing the application of the active layer coatings, which make it possible for SolarWindow to generate electricity on glass surfaces;
  • ?Increasing the size of the active layer in SolarWindow; and
  • ?Developing improved electricity-generating coatings.

"The addition of NREL's world-class solar research group to our ongoing efforts at the University of South Florida marks a significant step forward for our company and our SolarWindow technology," explains John Conklin, president & CEO of New Energy.

In a statement, the company adds that there are nearly five million commercial buildings in America, according to the Energy Information Administration, and more than 80 million single detached homes. It says that the SolarWindow technology is under development for commercial application in such buildings.

The company also recently announced that it has successfully achieved a three-fold increase in the number of solar cells layered onto glass surfaces. Presently, they have scaled up to a 12"x12" working demo.

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.