New Energy to Advance SolarWindow towards Commercialization of BIPV ProductsMarch 06, 2013 by Jeff Shepard
New Energy Technologies, Inc. announced that the company has entered into Phase 2 of its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to advance the development of its SolarWindowâ„¢ technology, capable of generating electricity on glass. Jointly, the Company and NREL plan to advance New Energyâ€™s electricity-generating device by enhancing performance, processing, and lifetime. Under the terms of the agreement, researchers will additionally work towards optimizing the deposition of various coatings on flexible surfaces; these layers allow for electricity to be generated on surfaces such as see-through and tinted plastics.
â€œThis second phase of the CRADA emphasizes the Companyâ€™s active commitment to develop the SolarWindowâ„¢ see-through electricity-generating coatings into commercially valuable building integrated products, with the assistance of world-class research teams at NREL,â€ explained Mr. J. Patrick Thompson, Vice President, Business and Technology Development for New Energy Technologies, Inc. â€œNaturally, weâ€™re pleased to continue our ongoing research and development relationship with NREL in Golden, Colorado. NREL is one of the worldâ€™s most respected and advanced solar-photovoltaic research institutions.â€
Under terms of the agreement, the Companyâ€™s Principal Scientist, Dr. Scott Hammond and NREL research scientists will make use of intellectual property brought into and developed under the CRADA in order to work towards specific product development goals. Future development plans include efforts to: Further improve SolarWindowâ„¢ efficiency and transparency; Optimize electrical power (current and voltage) output; Optimize the application of the active layer coatings which make it possible for SolarWindowâ„¢ to generate electricity on glass surfaces; Develop improved electricity-generating coatings by enhancing performance, processing, reliability, and durability; Optimize SolarWindowâ„¢ performance on flexible substrates; and Develop high speed and large area roll-to-roll (R2R) and sheet-to-sheet (S2S) coating methods required for commercial-scale BIPV and windows.
â€œCompany and NREL scientists jointly developed this CRADA to maintain focus on SolarWindowâ„¢ power production, large area and high speed coating equipment and methods, improving reliability and performance, and commercialization,â€ explained Mr. John A. Conklin, President & CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. â€œAs we work towards commercialization, the market potential of deploying a readily-available and affordable see-through glass window capable of generating electricity continues to aggressively drive our product development efforts.â€
The commercial opportunity to install see-through, electricity-generating glass windows in commercial buildings, tall towers, and skyscrapers, is significant. There are nearly five million commercial buildings in the United States, and an increasing demand for â€˜greenâ€™ buildings. Driven by rising energy costs, increasing electricity consumption, government initiatives, and heightened consumer awareness, the demand for green construction and sustainable materials continues to rise.