Solar Glass Generates Power Through Your Windows

by , 06/09/10

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Photo via Engadget

We love gadgets that serve dual purposes, so when we came across these solar windows from Hua Qin we were giddy with excitement. These window panes, which were unveiled at Taipei’s International Optoelectronics Week, do double duty to block out the elements and create energy for your home. They are slightly foggy and can seemingly replace home or commercial windows.

solar windows, solar glass, solar panel windows, home solar panel, home solar installation, residental solar installation, residential renewable energy

The windows can come in slightly hazy to really hazy opacities – the more opaque the window, the more energy it produces. It’s unclear when these windows will hit the market, but they do bring up the idea of solar mapping, which we recently reported on. People can now map their buildings to see where the most sunlight hits, and install very opaque solar windows on those sections of the building in order to optimize the sun’s rays.

This great green invention could open up the door to all kinds of renewable energy production for all kinds of environments. With solar panels, or even with solar paper — which we recently reported on — it is neccessary to put aside a surface for solar production that will serve no other purpose other than to produce power. With these solar windows one could generate electricity not on the roof of an electric car, but through the sun roof or the window pane. This solar glass would be perfect for greenhouses, capturing light from panes of glass that already magnify the sun. The opportunities with solar glass are endless, let’s hope Hua Qin sets to work manufacturing them soon.

Via Engadget

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  2. wild-e October 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    what is the cost of the window’s? we at we will need some kind of price as we move we will replace all the window’s in the new house, along with solar panel’s and wind power.

  3. Javier forero September 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I love solar power, and i’ll love to find more information about produts how to save energ.

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    There are many types of solar tints in the market now which have many uses. They can reduce the amount of solar heat and protect you from ultraviolet rays, provide you with privacy, and also offer safety and security. By using solar tint on the glass, it can lessen the glare and much of the exposure of heat. It can protect furniture from fading, and also improve the design of houses and buildings, with the added advantage of providing savings from excessive use of energy.

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  7. Gretia June 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    This is a very good post for me. I think you should add more video and pictures because it helps visitors :)

  8. Tony Hernon June 18, 2010 at 4:41 am

    How much power generated per mtr Squ.
    is the power DC current.
    Where would I get the tec specs for the system.
    Kind Regards

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