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NREL's solar-powered window breaks new ground with 11% efficiency

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 01, 2017 01:03 AM
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by (Greg Beach) last modified Nov 30, 2017

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has revealed its prototype of a solar powered "smart window" that is able to lower building temperatures by changing the window's appearance from clear to tinted. Not only does this decrease the amount of sunlight entering a building, thus lowering its heat intake, but this shift also turns the windows into photovoltaic panels. Upon shifting to the darker, hazy view, the smart window then starts its energy production. “There is a fundamental tradeoff...





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