I’ve finally started a subscription to MIT’s Technology Review magazine. My first issue arrived last week, and I was all gaga over this totally cool (no pun intended) power providing window. I’m sure others won’t be as impressed as I am, but then again – I’m easily impressed.
The next building material to generate solar power may be windows. In a dye-sensitized solar cell, dye molecules attached to nanoscale titania particles are held between two panes of glass; the dye absorbs light and releases electrons, which are harvested by the Ã‚Âtitania. The basic concept was invented 15 years ago by MichaÃƒÂ«l Ã‚ÂGrÃƒÂ¤tzel, chemistry professor at the Ãƒâ€°cole Polytechnique FÃƒÂ©dÃƒÂ©rale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Now, the technology is in limited production by Konarka, a company based in Ã‚ÂLowell, MA, and will soon be more widely available. “The normal configuration has glass on both sides and can be made to look like a colored glass,” GrÃƒÂ¤tzel says. “This could be used as a power-producing window or skylights or building facades. The wall or window itself is photovoltaically active.” This could give a whole new meaning to the term “power windows.”
I can’t figure out yet how to put these to use, but I gotta get m3h some of them winders.
[tags]Power via solar-cell windows, New technology in windows for home/business[/tags]