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Intelligent Windows That Capture Solar Power: Dutch Company Peer Plus Develops Smart Energy Glass Technology

Michelle Tether
Written by Michelle Tether

Windows give homes and buildings aesthetic appeal and connect them to the outdoors while allowing a part of the outside world in. They also give access to natural light and solar warmth as well as often designed to be placed where they will allow maximum sunlight to enter a property. Given their strategic positioning, they are almost always ideally placed to absorb considerable amounts of solar energy and will always improve the decor in any room.

This smart concept is captured by an innovative company called Peer Plus, based in the Netherlands, a country famous for its windmills, another environmentally-friendly power generator but there are plenty of other companies offering similar products out there now. This company is currently in a pilot project to develop and install Smart Energy Glass. Windows made with this organic-based glass coating are able to multitask as solar energy collectors whilst still allowing as much light as standard glass to pass into the home. This is certainly a big step up from upgrading your windows.

Smart Energy Glass Is a Trademark of the Company Peer Plus

Additionally Smart Energy Glass can be changed to three different settings by the flick of a manual switch that looks as simple to use as a light bulb dimmer. These modes are bright, which allows natural sunlight into a dwelling or building, dark which blocks out light and privacy mode, which uses a mirror effect to scatter light. This is a big bonus because until now, we relied on frosted or privacy glazing which obviously works, but will always block a proportion of the light. This glazing allows many choices.

Smart Energy Glass

Smart Energy Glass

The bright mode can be used to allow heat in while the dark mode will allow cooling as it reflects sunlight away. According to the company site, energy for this amazing technology function is provided by the windows themselves. This is cutting edge technology that will probably be a standard in all homes within the next thirty years.

The energy collected by the Smart Energy Glass windows can be transferred to the building’s electrical supply and consumed as sustainable and renewable energy. Excess solar energy can also be fed back to the power grid and sold to make additional income. It’s unlikely to cut your bills to zero, there is simply not enough surface area to cover your requirements, but it’s a step in the right direction for sure. Whether, energy is used or sold, windows made from Smart Energy Glass, should pay for themselves in a about ten years if they perform as the developers indicate. The company Peer Plus promises that these windows will save on lighting, cooling and heating. It’s going to be used for the lower amperage activities in your home. It won’t power your kettle or immersion for example.

Will Smart Energy Glass Provide Clean Power For Home and Businesses?

Though this is currently a pilot project, sustainable and renewable resources are far overdue and it is surprising that alternative clean energy sources such as solar power for homes and electric powered vehicles are not yet readily available to the public – but you could get in early and make this your green resolution. It’s happening with the beginnings of the London Array and other renewable projects such as solar roofing, but it can’t happen fast enough.

Smart Energy Solutions by Diamond Certified

Smart Energy Solutions by Diamond Certified

Time will tell if Peer Plus windows become a widely used building material to allow homeowners and companies to produce their own sustainable clean energy. Other companies with corporate research and development projects such as hydrogen cells have promised clean energy in the past, but have yet to provide any contributions to society and the environment – that said, these windows look super cool and they’ll never need window decoration.

There’s a reasonable chance this will workout. It’s all down to the number of homes ready to pay the extra in order that they get free electric for many years to come. It’s a tough world because money and debt is crippling, while there’s some many better returns on your investment, it’s hard to see what will come of the glazing project. If you do go for it, make sure you’ve got a big decorating plan in place, the cost will make it worth entire overhaul.

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Michelle Tether

Michelle Tether

I love everything home. I write as a passion for non profit about the things I love.

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