Jill Fehrenbacher

SOLAR POWERED GLASS

by , 10/11/05

Here’s some exciting news in the evolution of solar-power: a California-based company has recently started making Solar-powered glass. Called Power Glass – this new material utilizes innovative technology that allows transparent glass windows to produce electricity from the power of the sun. Manufacturing company Xsunx has created very thin semi-transparent coatings that can be used to create large area monolithic solar cell structures that you can see through. This transparency makes Power Glass glazing desirable for placing over glass, plastics, and other see-through structures.

XsunX claims that Power Glass will operate at half the efficiency of conventional solar cells but with only a quarter of the cost. From a design perspective Power Glass is certainly a lot less obtrusive than those bulky free-standing solar panels which need to be installed on roofs – and could allow designers more aesthetic freedom in which to create energy efficient buildings.

+ Xsunx

Via Treehugger

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14 Comments

  1. carlaine ceeh April 6, 2011 at 2:33 am

    how much will cost of this new solar powered glass? i want to know the advantages and disadvantages of this innovative product, for my new condo project. please email my account as soon as possible.thanks jaycee_benoza@yahoo.com.ph

  2. solarilluminations March 9, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Renewable Energy Developments is the sister company of Solar Illuminations and they are responsible for the solar glass. The product is at their SW Florida facility and is pending Miami Dade hurricane rating approval and ASTM certification. It will be on sale to the public within the next 2-3 months. Retail price is expected to be around US$600 per square meter based upon being wind/impact resistant (to Miami Dade protocols). A 1 meter square solar glass window will provide 60 Watts (peak 133v dc), cancel 30dB of sound, be UV cancelling, be tinted and be certified impact resistant. You cannot get any more from a piece of glass than all of that!

  3. soso March 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Hi ! whats the price for sq. m ?

  4. Mukund Panchal November 21, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Yes sir, I am surprissed with such an innovative product. I am interested more information viz. cost factor and feasibility of using the product in the indian construction environment.

  5. solarilluminations September 7, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Solar Illuminations (who have their headquarters in Florida) is likely to be offering solar powered glass panels from 2010 onwards. They will be available for retro-fit and for new construction. Solar Illuminations is well known for innovative solar lighting fixtures. They design many of the products they offer. Solar glazing is a fairly new technology but even with around 50% efficiency it still has huge advantages and for ‘green’ projects it is an absolute ‘must have’ feature.

  6. shadow November 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Could you send information on prices, configurations such as panels, output or any other pertinent information? Thanks!

  7. amos October 13, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Hi, how do we store energy using this product? Im interested in this product. Can send me more info?

  8. manolo_gandara September 3, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I’m very interested in this technology, please send me more info about costs and everything

  9. allen mills May 13, 2008 at 12:45 am

    We are buliding a new home and love to be off the grid. I would like additional information and places these windows may be available

  10. Neeraj Ojageer January 25, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Please forward me more information with regards to the solar powered glass

  11. peter December 17, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I have a client building a condo high rise towers that is interested in this technology, please send me some more info. Thank you for your time

  12. shaneferro April 2, 2007 at 7:44 am

    Hi

    I was interested to find out about a new release in technology regarding solar power panels
    Basically slim line configuration were utlised giving greater efficientcy over convensional panels can you guys assit

    Also curtain wall solar power glass Im very interested in this design and costs

    regards

    shaneferro
    Designer

  13. eric anderson March 15, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Please send me information on your product.

    Thanks!

  14. doench85 May 12, 2006 at 10:06 am

    What has happened to Xsun? I heard so many great things, but it seems they are taking their sweet time to produce anything. When is the Freedom Tower suppose to begin construction?

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