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Mon12222014

Technology

New Energy, N.R.E.L. cooperate for solar-power generating windows

New Energy Technologies and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have entered into a second technology development agreement to commercialize SolarWindow technology.

SolarWindow technologies allow for solar-powered generating windows. New Energy has developed and patented electricity-generating coatings that can be sprayed on glass surfaces. These sprays contain the world’s smallest functional organic solar cells, measuring less than one-fourth the size of a grain of rice, which can generate electricity from both natural and artificial light sources.

Through Phase 2 of New Energy and N.R.E.L.’s Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, researchers from both parties will work to enhance the performance, processing and lifetime of the SolarWindow sprays.

“As we work towards commercialization, the market potential of deploying a readily-available and affordable see-through glass window capable of generating electricity continues to aggressively drive our product development efforts,” said John A. Conklin, president and chief executive officer of New Energy Technologies.

The SolarWindow is aimed towards the building integrated photovoltaic market sector. With nearly five million commercial buildings in the U.S. alone, the idea of windows that could generate clean energy is attractive to both builders and building owners.

New Energy sees significant commercial opportunity for see-through, electricity-generating glass windows in commercial buildings, tall towers and skyscrapers.

New Energy Technologies, Inc. is a developer of next-generation alternative and renewable energy technologies. Aside from its work with the SolarWindow (see related story), New Energy is also known for their MotionPower systems which generate power by capturing the kinetic energy produced by moving vehicles (see related story). – EcoSeed Staff



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