03 May '12, 12pm

Will Solar Windows Transform Buildings to Energy Producers?

Will Solar Windows Transform Buildings to Energy Producers? The vast amount of glass in skyscrapers and office buildings represents enormous potential for an emerging technology that turns windows into solar panels. But major questions remain as to whether solar windows can be sufficiently inexpensive and efficient to be widely adopted. by dave levitan If you picture the glittering glass skyscrapers that dot America’s cities, it becomes clear why the idea of using that vast window space to generate solar power is gaining traction. In 2009 alone, 437 million square feet of windows were installed in non-residential buildings in the United States. That many square feet of standard solar panels would generate around 4 gigawatts of power, roughly the total installed solar capacity in the U.S. today. Such potential is leading engineers and entrepreneurs to more intensively explo...

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