The builders of tomorrow’s resources will not be using regular glass. Especially not when they can have the option of utilizing new technology to fabricate solar glass for windows. There are currently at this time many new designs and prototypes in early testing stages, which aim to transform windows into solar power generators. A little known research group wants to retrofit some windows with ‘luminescent solar concentrators the most prominent red translucent or gray colors would typically be used to conduct the most electricity.
Simon Wilby, under his Company Simon Wilby Inc. has designed a new photovoltaic solar glass however, and is on track to create a product that is even better—Wilby wants to build the solar panel directly into all commercial glass. That means globally we are getting closer to a world with entire homes, green houses, and other high-rise buildings built using solar glass.
Lets take a closer look at how Simon Wilby’s innovative solar glass will function:
The solar glass works with a layer of transparent solid-state photovoltaic cells at most 2.75 to 3.50 microns thick embedded in conventional glass, this provides around 10-15% of the solar energy received into low-carbon electricity. The electricity conducted therein can then be transferred to the respective grid or used for the electricity of the substructure or building.
CEO, Simon Wilby, asserts that the technology only adds 9-11% to the cost of most glass building facades, which makes transcending and converting your next corporate headquarters into a giant solar panel, an amazingly affordable endeavor.
As an added bonus this new breakthrough in technology will be made available in a varied array of hues, colors and pigmentation. Which means higher customization for builders to stand out from the crowds of buildings surrounding them in heavy high-rise areas like New York City and Los Angeles.
“Within reason exclaims Wilby, we can produce any color, with an unlimited supply and a wide-ranging pallet of dyes, including blues and greens and reds and so on. But buyers need to be aware that these customizations come at a small cost because different colors have different efficiencies: black is very high efficiency, green is moderately good and red is also good, but blue is less good,”
So, in conclusion: solar glass can come in any color, is reasonably cheap, and can convert up to 11-13% of the sun that it consumes into clean energy power. If widely accepted, this new technology is a game-changer. And here’s why: structures are a huge source of carbon dioxide discharges. In the U.S., buildings account for 40% of all CO2 emissions, which is a pretty big deal, according to the United States Green Building Council. Buildings use more power than anything else, in fact—so obviously, the more that are fitted with static clean power-generators, the more we can significantly reduce that number more and more. Buildings built with this solar glass could even practically be net energy suppliers.
It bears repeating that the majority of the emissions lessening on buildings will come from dreadfully eye sore designs & retrofits and additional insulation apparatus, but technologies like solar glass clearly are a future forward design that will truly be appealing to architects around the globe. I repeat: With any luck, the commercial buildings of the future will be towering, multicolored solar glass structures and they will not be an eye sore by any means.