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Transparent Solar Spray Transforms Windows Into Watts

Posted By Cameron Scott On August 10, 2010 @ 7:11 pm In Architecture,Environment,Green Building,Solar Power | 6 Comments

solar windows, transparent solar film, nanotechnology, solar films, ensol, sustainable design, windows [1]Photo by Robert S. Donovan [2]

Norwegian Company EnSol AS [3] has developed a remarkable new spray-on solar film that allows windows to generate solar power [4] without clouding the view. The material consists of metal nanoparticles [5] embedded in a transparent composite matrix that can be easily sprayed on. And the cells don’t just work on glass — they can be used on the rest of the house, too!

solar windows, transparent solar film, nanotechnology, solar films, ensol, sustainable design, windows [6]Electron microscope image of EnSol nanocrystals

Inhabitat has brought you a number of technologies that make it possible to create ultra-thin solar cells [7], making them far more versatile [8]. But there’s something particularly satisfying about EnSol AS’ new transparent spray-on solar film.

Lead researcher Christopher Binns of the University of Leicester [9] said, “The coating would be built into the windows or other materials as part of the manufacturing process. It could even be used on the roofs of cars to charge up batteries — although powering the vehicles themselves would probably be pushing it.

Perhaps EnSol’s slogan should be Solar: It’s not just for rooftops [10] anymore. The cells achieve efficiencies of 20 percent (which is average) and the company claims they will be commercially available at a reasonable price by 2016.

+ EnSol AS [3]

Via Daily Mail [11]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/solarfilm-ed01.jpg

[2] Robert S. Donovan: http://www.flickr.com/photos/booleansplit/2420262479/

[3] EnSol AS: http://www.ensol.no/

[4] windows to generate solar power: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/09/solar-glass-generates-power-through-your-windows/

[5] nanoparticles: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=nanotechnology

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/nanocoating-ed01.jpg

[7] ultra-thin solar cells: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/12/nextgen-announces-cheap-solar-paint-on-the-horizon/

[8] versatile: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/06/new-production-process-boosts-cheap-solar-cells-efficiency/

[9] University of Leicester: http://www2.le.ac.uk/

[10] rooftops: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/14/coming-soon-dow-chemicals-ultra-efficient-solar-shingles/

[11] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1301762/New-technology-turn-house-window-Britain-solar-panel.html

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