Solar windows one step nearer commercial production

The Columbia, Maryland-based company claims it has reduced the fabrication time of the technology – which involves spraying layers of ultra small solar cells onto transparent glass – from ‘several days’ down to ‘a few hours’, or one sixth of the previous fab time.

New Energy also says it has doubled the power conversion efficiency of the technology and improved the transparency of the glass, resulting in a tint effect.

The BIPV technology was pioneered under a sponsored research agreement with the University of South Florida led by Dr Xiaomei Jiang.

New Energy is now aiming to apply the SolarWindow technology to large scale areas compatible with high-speed production techniques.