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Md. firm’s solar windows survive autoclave manufacturing process

SolarWindow Technologies announced that its transparent electricity-generating glass has been successfully processed through an autoclave system for window glass lamination at a commercial window fabricator. (SolarWindow photo)

SolarWindow Technologies announced that its transparent electricity-generating glass has been successfully processed through an autoclave system for window glass lamination at a commercial window fabricator. (SolarWindow photo)

A Maryland firm developing windows that generate power said its glass recently passed a developmental milestone.

Columbia-based SolarWindow Technologies Inc.’s transparent electricity-generating glass was processed through an autoclave system for window glass lamination at a commercial window fabricator, and continued to produce electric power, the company said.

An autoclave’s high heat and pressure can be used to bond layers of glass, such as would be needed for safety and architectural glass.

SolarWindow says that tall towers and skyscrapers could become clean power generators once they have electricity-generating windows; installation on a 50-story building could cut electricity costs by half and achieve financial payback within a year, according to engineering modeling that SolarWindow says was independently validated.

 


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