Loved reading this at lunch.
As is generally the case, it was great to see innovations within our industry the other week at UK Construction week. Manufacturers within building products are constantly finding ways to stand out, be this by developments in design, carbon reduction, longevity, application or cost of manufacturing.
During the show I saw a demonstration on a residential roof tile that doubles up as a solar panel. This coating, on commercial buildings, claims to reduce energy bills by as much as 50% in a five storey building.
By applying SolarWindow™ coatings to glass windows, engineers envision turning entire buildings into vertical power generators. SolarWindow Technologies, Inc., the developer of electricity-generating coatings for commercial glass and flexible plastics, announced today that its SolarWindow™ coatings successfully performed under test conditions designed to simulate the high pressure and temperatures of the ‘autoclave’ manufacturing processes used by commercial glass and window producers. “Today’s announcement marks a major milestone for the production of commercial electricity-generating windows, our early target market,” said John A. Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies.