Solar windows: can you turn your windows into solar panels?

Your home might have the ability to create power. Since the solar marketplace evolves and expands, businesses are looking to new solar technology aimed at spreading solar energy production beyond conventional rooftop and ground-mount solar panels. Solar panel windows have gained momentum recently and might represent part of the market’s future.

What is a panel window, and how does it work?

In 2019, technology that generates electricity by harnessing the power of the sun is nothing out of the ordinary. We know that they are environmentally friendly, require a dedicated space (like a roof or a lawn), and are expensive. But what if we had transparent solar panels?

Solar window technology exists but is not prepared for mass production, meaning they aren’t readily available for you to install in your home. However, as research continues, this technology could hit the market very soon.

While solar panels are an addition to a roof, transparent panel windows will have the ability to replace standard glass window panes. Because of this, solar windows are known as “building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).”

Tesla’s solar roof is another recent technology which falls under the BIPV umbrella. BIPV technologies offer potential advantages: many homeowners love them as they can be easier to maintain than conventional alternatives and more visually attractive, depending on the sort of installation.

Why is solar window tech everywhere? 

The answer is functionality. 

Traditional inert solar panels use photovoltaic technology, meaning that they capture energy in the kind of light and use it to create electricity. Windows which act as solar panels will need to reconcile allowing light to light up a room and capturing light to use for energy generation because windows are intended to let light through. As a vertically mounted panel, A window which does not allow light functions; if it gets too much light inside, the window can not generate enough power to be cost-effective. For panel windows, they should become discreet and truly building-integrated by utilizing transparent panel technologies.