Volume 45, Issue 5 - May 2010


Solarmer Energy and Joel Berman Co-Develop Decorative Solar Panel
Generating solar energy from modular glass panels that are attractive from a design standpoint was the inspiration behind a joint development project involving Solarmer Energy of Los Angeles and Joel Berman Glass Studios of Vancouver. Together, the companies have jointly developed an attractive decorative glass panel that is capable of generating clean renewable electricity.

The panels feature textured kiln-cast glass laminated to transparent plastic solar cells. The materials and manufacturing technologies used result in a lower cost alternative to traditional silicon-based solar technologies. Solarmerís thin, flexible photovoltaic panels are capable of converting solar energy into electricity in a cost-effective manner. Paired with designer textured glass, it is an attractive and affordable means of integrating photovoltaics into buildings.

According to information from the companies, these solar panels are intended to create new markets that currently are not addressed with conventional silicon solar panel technology. The first applications for this technology are expected to be portable digital electronic devices (such as cell phones and PDAs) and smart fabrics (such as tents and solar bags). Building integrated photovoltaics, in the form of power windows, are intended to follow.

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