Researchers at New Energy Technologies
Inc., developing the companyĎs proprietary SolarWindow technology, are claiming
scientific and technical breakthroughs and plan to unveil a working
prototype of the world's first-ever glass window capable of generating
electricity in a matter of weeks.
Until now, solar panels have remained opaque, with the
prospect of creating a see-thru glass window capable of generating
electricity limited by the use of metals and various expensive processes
which block visibility and prevent light from passing through glass
New Energy's ability to generate electricity on see-thru glass is made
possible by making use of the world's smallest working organic solar
cells, developed by Dr. Xiaomei Jiang at the University of South
Florida. Unlike conventional solar systems, New Energy's solar cells
generate electricity from both natural and artificial light sources,
outperforming today's commercial solar and thin-film technologies by as
much as 10-fold.
The University of South Florida Research Foundation has licensed Dr.
Xiaomei Jiang's groundbreaking discovery and important commercial
processes and applications to New Energy Solar Corporation, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of New Energy Technologies, Inc.
"It's very exciting to see that our ongoing research has led to several
significant breakthroughs with transparency and the production of
electricity on see-thru glass," explained Mr. Meetesh V. Patel,
President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. "For the first time
ever, these advances have allowed us to develop an early-scale working
prototype of the technology, which I very much look forward to unveiling
in the upcoming weeks."
In recent months, numerous technical milestones have been surpassed by
researchers developing New Energy's see-thru SolarWindow coatings,
The use of the world's smallest functional solar cells, measuring less
than 1/4 the size of a grain of rice, and shown to successfully produce
electricity in a published peer-reviewed study in the Journal of
Renewable and Sustainable Energy of the American Institute of Physics.
Importantly, these cells generate electricity from both natural and
artificial light sources, outperforming today's commercial solar and
thin-film technologies by as much as 10-fold;
Development of a novel, patent-pending process to spray SolarWindow
coatings onto see-thru glass using commercially available technologies;
The ability to spray SolarWindow coatings onto glass at room
temperature, eliminating expensive high-temperature or high-vacuum
production methods commonly used by current solar manufacturers.
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