Israel’s Pythagoras Solar recently unveiled its new photovoltaic glass unit. The clear glass panes that can be used as windows, curtain walls or skylights double as solar panels and are intended to change the way commercial buildings are built.
The company’s groundbreaking new technology is the first to combine energy efficiency, solar power generation and appealing aesthetics in a single green building material – a solar window.
The technology, which converts about 14% sunlight into energy (industry average is 10%), can benefit commercial buildings by lowering the cost of energy by generating solar power and keeping the buildings where its used better insulated. The energy efficient, transparent and high power density photovoltaic glass unit (PVGU) will be available for curtain walls, skylights and windows in the second half of 2010. Sources: Green Prophet and Pythagoras Solar