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Skyscrapers shine as power generators

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Windows that can double as renewable energy generators are a step closer to becoming a commercial reality.

Layered with a special coating, the SolarWindow™ products – made by SolarWindow Technologies – are designed to provide clean energy to tall buildings. They are being developed with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

And this week they demonstrated their resilience by withstanding the test of being commercially fabricated.

“I witnessed first-hand the moment that our SolarWindow™ coatings and modules emerged unscathed, withstanding the extremely high-pressure and temperature inside. I knew immediately that this was a defining moment for SolarWindow,” said John Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies.

He added: “This is one of the most important advancements for the commercial manufacturing of SolarWindow™ products. We’ve long championed the prospect of electricity-generating windows powering skyscrapers and tall towers, which alone consume almost 40% of all the electricity generated in the US.”

The company say the windows could half the cost of electricity.

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