New Energy Technologies has launched the second phase of its cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to advance the development of its SolarWindow technology in the country.
SolarWindow technology enables see-through windows to generate electricity by ‘spraying’ their glass surfaces with electricity-generating coatings.
As per the agreement, researchers will aim to improve the technology, as well as work towards optimising the deposition of various coatings on flexible surfaces.
The deal will also see New Energy’s principal scientist Scott Hammond and NREL scientists work together to make use of intellectual property brought into and developed under the CRADA.
Future development plans under the deal include further improvement in SolarWindow efficiency and transparency, and optimisation of electrical power output.
Plans also include optimising the application of the active layer coatings, which will enable SolarWindow to generate electricity on glass surfaces, and developing high speed and large area roll-to-roll (R2R) and sheet-to-sheet (S2S) coating methods required for commercial-scale BIPV and windows.
New Energy Technologies president and CEO John Conklin said, "As we work towards commercialisation, 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."
New Energy Technologies vice president of business and technology development J Patrick Thompson added, "This second phase of the CRADA emphasises the company’s active commitment to develop the SolarWindow see-through electricity-generating coatings into commercially valuable building integrated products, with the assistance of world-class research teams at NREL."