The availability of solar power has raised manifold due to fall in price and increase in efficiency. Solar power is cheaper in long run than taking electricity directly from the grid that is why many homeowners and businesses are installing solar panels on their rooftops. Space on the rooftop might be a problem to large corporations with tall office skyscraper.
Installing solar panels on the wall would be the most preferred location on a skyscraper, but not only it is tricky but it is also expensive. To dodge this problem one company is working upon an idea to make the windows work as solar panels, so now you may not need to think about installing solar panels on the walls.
The idea of installing solar panels on the windows might sound crazy. As the main function of a window is to let sunlight come through it and any panel would not allow the light to enter as the light is absorbed by the panel for generation of electricity. To this, an EU startup called Physee has found a creative solution.
They call it PowerWindows. The design has large solar panels on the edges of the window and the remaining portion stays transparent. The amount of electricity produced by a single window might be enough to charge your phones many times a day.
Undoubtedly the whole building can’t sustain on these windows but they are yet a better alternative to the windows that do nothing. Moreover, PowerWindow has sensors to detect the conditions outside and itself adjusts the building’s systems such as lighting or air conditioning. This idea has the power to save a lot of energy which makes these windows more effective.
The Dutch Bank ‘Rabo bank’ is currently using the PowerWindow, the windows are installed over an area of 300 square feet. PowerWindow is on its way to be installed in many other building in Netherlands in the upcoming years. Maybe soon it comes to an office near you.