SolarWindow Sets new Record by Increasing its Power Conversion Performance

Mar 31, 2021 04:47 PM ET
  • SolarWindow Technologies, a programmer of clear fluid finishes and also procedures for creating electrical power on glass and also plastics, has announced that it has greater than doubled its previous certified efficiency, also achieving the highest independently-certified power conversion effectiveness of previous natural solar tools produced at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado with a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

The company reported a record 14.72 percent (+/- 0.29 percent) power conversion effectiveness utilizing industry-standard single-cell pattern for efficiency testing. Spurred by these positive outcomes, engineers are currently functioning to further optimise power conversion efficiency for a single cell, and also additionally convert this record performance to large-scale SolarWindow applications for products such as electricity-generating glass windows for buildings, automobile sunroofs, as well as much more.

"This remarkable performance tangibly demonstrates SolarWindow capacities to the market by setting a new criterion for power conversion efficiency, the outright statistics for identifying just how much power is created from light. This is just the beginning," mentioned Dr. James Whitaker, SolarWindow Principal Researcher and also Vice President of Technology Development.

Last quarter, SolarWindow monitoring revealed strategies to enhance power as well as prototyping abilities. Within weeks, Dr. Whitaker and his group achieved a 500 percent boost in testing rate, 12-fold higher screening ability as well as output, and also 20-times reduction in product costs for rapid lab-scale prototyping of SolarWindow electricity-generating glass. 60 days later on, the team effectively engineered, produced, tested, and individually accredited the greatest power conversion performance organic photovoltaic or pv device so far in its CRADA with NREL, more than doubling past performance.

Unlike traditional photovoltaic panels, SolarWindow applies ultra-thin layers of its LiquidElectricity layers and processes to plastics and also glass, which after that create power. Offered in a variety of colours and also transparencies, these fluid finishes are 1/100th the thickness of a human hair and also can be used using affordable and also high-throughput techniques normal to industrial production of colored window movies, digital displays, semiconductors, and also newspaper printing.

"For years, the possibility of high-performance organic photovoltaics appeared beyond reach. The latest power conversion efficiency numbers achieved by NREL and also SolarWindow reveal pledge for the future of large-area low-priced organic photovoltaics," specified Dr. Bertrand J. Tremolet de Villers, NREL Scientist as well as specialist in scale-up handling of photovoltaic gadgets.