SolarWindow Technologies, a leader in power-generating clear coatings for glass windows in buildings and skyscrapers, has announced that flexible photovoltaic glass – as thin as a business card (only 0.1-millimeter thick) – is in development for the Generating electricity on curved surfaces, flexible enough to bend without breaking or cracking. The company announces that it is the first in the world.
The integration of transparent SolarWindow ™ layers with flexible glass creates new opportunities for the flat and curved surfaces of cars or airplanes, for example. Applying SolarWindow ™ has the flexibility of plastic combined with the durability, abrasion resistance and ease of maintenance of rigid glass.
Flexible glass could be a revolution for the manufacture of windows and other construction products, or for transportation.
SolarWindow ™ is transparent, ultra-light and generates electrical energy applied in layers thinner than human hair. When applied to a 50-story building, SolarWindow ™ is capable of paying for itself in just one year and generates 50 times more energy than conventional rooftop photovoltaics, according to independent consultancy calculations. Currently, conventional rooftop photovoltaic systems amortize the investment in a period ranging from 5 to 11 years, depending on the specific characteristics of the installation.