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Blight: Illuminating Solar Blinds Turn Night to Day
Posted By Mike Chino On February 5, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Design,Green Home decor,Green Lighting,Greener Gadgets,Innovation | 19 Comments
One of fifty top entries in this year’s Greener Gadgets Design Competition , Vincent Gerkens’ Blight  offers a brilliant twist on staid venetian blinds. Rather than serving simply to block the sun’s rays, the design re-envisions blinds as sun-soaking solar panels  that store energy during the day and illuminate your interiors  at night.
Named after a combination of the words “blind” and “light”, Blight  creates a seamless link between the indoors and the outdoors, storing sunlight during the day and giving it back at night. The smart design takes advantage of the large surface area of extended venetian blinds by lining each panel with flexible solar cells . Once night falls, stored energy is transfered to a layer of electroluminescent foil , which provides energy-efficient light.
Gerkens states: “With Blight we have not produced a new object; we have just created the design of an everlasting product: the Venetian blind. We use all the current functions of this object and add a little technology to give it a new function – to catch solar energy and convert it into electricity.”
There’s lots more innovative eco gadgets to check out, so head over to the to the Greener Gadgets  website to see all 50 entries! And remember, we’ll be awarding $5000 to the top three designs so be sure to vote for your favorite!
+ Blight 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/05/blight-blinds-by-vincent-gerkens/
 Greener Gadgets Design Competition: http://www.greenergadgets.com/index.php/design-competition/
 Blight: http://www.core77.com/greenergadgets/ientry.php?projectid=41
 solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/29/kimberlina-solar-thermal-plant-by-ausra/
 illuminate your interiors: http://www.inhabitots.com/2008/08/18/eco-nighlight-moon-jar-by-tobias-wong/
 flexible solar cells: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/20/british-team-develop-thin-solar-photovoltaics/
 electroluminescent foil: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/09/30/glowing-butterfly-nightlight/
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