Spray-on solar panels tested at University of South Florida

New technology was unveiled last week that allows ordinary everyday surfaces like windows to be converted into solar panels by spraying on a special coating. Maryland-based technology developers New Energy Technologies, Inc., said their spray-on solar panels could even generate power from artificial light on glass surfaces inside commercial buildings. The company showcased a small-scale working prototype of its "SolarWindow" system at a public demonstration on Thursday at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. Less than a tenth the thickness of solar thin-films, SolarWindow makes use of some of the world's smallest functional solar cells, as developed by University of South Florida physicist Xiaomei Jiang. Researchers are currently working toward lower production costs and increased power performance, along with methods for applying power-producing coatings to glass surfaces. John A. Conklin, the firm's President and CEO said: "Today's public demonstration is a pivotal milestone not only for the dedicated research team, but for our external stakeholders as well, including our investors who are keenly aware of how the development of the highly-anticipated SolarWindow technology has the potential to create a fundamental paradigm shift in the way we produce power worldwide." Source - BrighterEnergy.org

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I agree with everything that Mr. Voreis states in this article.I am fenestration specialist with a Northern California Glazing contractor. We have been integrating PV into our Curtain wall systems for several years now. We also have energy producing sun shades, skylites, awnings and rain screens. We have had many challenges getting to this point, but are here and ready to electrify the world. We have multiple systems that are already UL approved and installed. Our glazing facility is already a net zero building.I look forward to when the rest of the industry realizes that BIPV is a crucial element in obtaining a net zero building community. Thank you for the great article. Free Power

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