John A. Conklin, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc.
“As we continue to make important strides towards commercial manufacturability of our SolarWindow™, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that various patent protections are secured immediately.” New Energy’s patent filings include a combination of US and international jurisdictions, and cover various methods, materials, and product implementations.
Novel to the Company’s technology is its ability to generate electricity on various surfaces when electricity-generating coatings are sprayed or otherwise applied at room temperature, thus lowering production costs and manufacturing time.
Important SolarWindow™ Features
- Generating Electricity on Glass Windows and See-Through Films
- SolarWindow™ generates electricity and remains see-through on glass windows and plastics similar to commercially-available window tint films. Conventional ‘thin film’ and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are dark and obscure, nearly impossible to see through.
- Spray-On Electricity-Generating Power Plants
- SolarWindow™ electricity-generating coatings can be applied using various low-cost production methods, and can even be sprayed on to glass and plastics. This cannot be achieved with traditional PV manufacturing methods.
- Lower Cost, Room Temperature Production
- SolarWindow™ processing can be performed at room (ambient) temperature and pressure, unlike conventional thin-film PV, which typically requires high temperature and pressure (high negative or high positive pressure) sensitive manufacturing methods that usually add to the high costs of currently-available PV production.
- Electricity from Artificial Light
- Most conventional PV systems rely on near direct exposure to natural sunlight. SolarWindow™ technology uses artificial light energy, such as fluorescent lighting typical in office buildings, as well as natural light energy to generate electricity, and is capable of producing electricity with indirect or low-light conditions.
- Shaded Exposures where Sunlight is Limited
- SolarWindow™ can be applied to all four sides of a building (including shaded areas) and operate during varying weather seasons, in low-light conditions, and from indirect sunlight, unlike current conventional solar PV technologies, which largely depends on near direct exposure to sunlight.
- Electricity-Generating Flexible Surfaces
- SolarWindow™ has been shown to generate electricity on flexible plastics, while today’s conventional PV competing technologies are thick and rigid and cannot be similarly applied.
Currently under development for eventual commercial deployment in the estimated 85 million commercial buildings and detached homes in America, SolarWindow™ is the subject of twenty-one (21) patent filings and is the world’s first-of-its-kind see-through technology capable of generating electricity on glass windows and flexible plastics.
To view a video introduction of New Energy Technologies’ SolarWindow™, please visit: http://www.newenergytechnologiesinc.com/media/gallery/solarwindow-sketch-video.