Could these solar panel windows change the way you power your home?

Windows that act as solar panels will be available to the public by the end of this year.[1]

Already being installed on city skyscrapers, the breakthrough technology is expected to largely offset power costs on projects that can afford the upfront cost.

Perth-based ClearView Technologies chief executive Martin Deil said the panels would be available within “the next three or four months”.[2]
It will be costly for those interested. (Nine)

“We’ve already got a range of glass manufacturers, window manufacturers lined up,” Deil said, adding that international demand is growing.

“We see the United States being a big market, certainly Australia. Singapore, Europe… there’s a lot of interest from the Middle East.”

The clear double-glazed glass works by using nanoparticles to divert rays of light to small solar strips embedded at the edge of the window where they are then converted from energy into electricity.

But cost will be a significant factor for those interested.

Windows that act as solar panels will be available to the public by the end of this year. (Nine)

“It probably adds about a per cent to the overall build cost of an office building,” Deil said in relation to major commercial projects, adding the payback period will range from between five and 15 years, depending on the geography.

Kapitol Group is currently installing the windows into a Melbourne CBD development.

“All in all it’s very much a standard window product,” project manager Tom Stephens said.

“If you were to utilise it on a large-scale commercial project you could generate 80 per cent to 95 per cent of the power for that building just by introducing this product on the facade.”


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