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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 35% of energy wasted in buildings is due to inefficient windows. The California Energy Commission estimates that around 40% of a typical building’s cooling requirements are due to solar heat gain through windows. Given these facts, it’s likely that you could make big strides in energy savings by improving this exterior building element.
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UCLA's new transparent solar film could be game-changer August 21, 2012 By Dean Kuipers One of the holy grails of solar cell technology may have been found, with researchers at UCLA announcing they have created a new organic polymer that produces electricity, is nearly transparent and is more durable and malleable than silicon. Ads by Google Google Apps for Business - Learn about Google's powerful online office tools today! - www.google.com/apps/business The applications are mind-boggling. Windows that produce electricity. Buildings wrapped in transparent solar cells. Laptops and phones ?- or even cars or planes ?- whose outer coverings act as chargers. It might even be sprayed on as a liquid. The promise of cheap and easy-to-apply site-generated solar electricity might now be a lot closer to reality. Of course, the idea of solar films and solar plastics is not new. The breakthrough to making a transparent film, however, came with isolating only one band of light in the spectrum. "(A solar film) harvests light and turns it into electricity. In our case, we harvest only the infrared part," says Professor Yang Yang at UCLA's California Nanosystems Institute, who has headed up the research on the new photovoltaic polymer. Absorbing only the infrared light, he explains, means the material doesn't have to be dark or black or blue, like most silicon photovoltaic panels. It can be clear. "We have developed a material that absorbs infrared and is all transparent to the visible light." "And then we also invented a new electrode, a metal, that is also transparent. So we created a new solar cell," Yang adds. Well, the metal is actually not transparent, Yang points out; it's just so small that you can't see it. The new polymer incorporates silver nanowires about 0.1 microns thick, about one-thousandth the width of a human hair, and titanium dioxide nonoparticles as an electrode. When in liquid form, it is as clear as a glass of water, and when applied to a hard, flat surface as a film it is meant to be invisible to the eye.
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Solar Art, on Aug 29, 2013 8:19:30 AM
New Window Film Technology Introduced at WDMA Conference
Jul 5th, 2012 | By Editor | Category: Featured Content
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3M Window film provides energy savings at Fifth Third Bank Center.
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The envelope of a building is comprised of the surfaces that separate the inside from the outdoors. The design and construction of the envelope of a commercial building can have a significant effect on the building’s comfort and energy
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