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Solar Research Paves Way for Energy-Harvesting Glass
2/17/2014

UK-based company Oxford Photovoltaics is developing thin-film solar technology that can be printed directly onto glass to enable large-scale use in commercial buildings.   (Source: Oxford Photovoltaics)
UK-based company Oxford Photovoltaics is developing thin-film solar technology that can be printed directly onto glass to enable large-scale use in commercial buildings.
(Source: Oxford Photovoltaics)

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Mydesign   2/18/2014 2:28:45 AM
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"With designers using more and more glass in buildings, this could be a great technology, as long as the price is good."

Technochip, using more glasses for buildings are not ecco friendly because glasses can despite more heat. Inorder to maintain the normal room temperature, AC has to be work more.  So instead of that, if we are able to stick these films over wall, it's becomes more economical.

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Pasting over outer walls
Mydesign   2/18/2014 2:22:58 AM
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"Oxford University physicist Henry Snaith -- is using a material called perovskite to develop thin-film solar cells that can be printed directly onto glass to be used as semi-transparent, solar-energy harvesting material in large buildings"

Elizabeth, I think rather than pasting these films over glass, it's better to be pasted over the outside walls of big buildings. so large areas can be covered and it's a cost effective solution too.

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Stability?!
Daniyal_Ali   2/18/2014 12:16:38 AM
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Nice share Liz. It's really astonishing to see the developments being done in Solar Energy as the already present technology is very costly for the consumers.
The only thing that worries me about these cells is the stability. Even if they are cheaper than the already present PVs, will they be able to remain stable for a longer period of time with minimum degradation?

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tekochip   2/17/2014 9:06:07 PM
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Those are really impressive numbers, too.  With designers using more and more glass in buildings, this could be a great technology, as long as the price is good.

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naperlou   2/17/2014 9:43:49 AM
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Elizabeth, this is a great way to harvest energy.  If the cost of the process is not unfavorable, then it could indeed be a revolution.  This type of process could be used to retrofit existing buildings fairly easily, as well as being applied to new construction.  With more efficient lighting and computing equipment I could see buildings using this energy primarily.  With good storage technology, it would easily pay for itself.

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