First-of-Its-Kind See-Thru Glass Prototype to Generate Electricity– at the University of South Florida
Burtonsville, MD & Tampa, FL – September 2, 2010 – New Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: NENE) announced today that its SolarWindow™ technology, the first-of-its-kind, small-scale prototype capable of generating electricity on see-thru glass, will be publicly unveiled for the first time on September 16th, 2010 at the University of South Florida (USF).
Electricity generated by New Energy’s SolarWindow™ on prototypes of see-thru glass windows will be demonstrated at 2:30p.m. EDT at the University of South Florida at this location: Science Center (SCA) Board Room (411) & Research Laboratory (421), where both natural and artificial light sources will be used as power sources. The demonstration will be led by Dr. Xiaomei Jiang, lead researcher at the Department of Physics at the University of South Florida, whose work with the world’s smallest working organic solar cells to generate electricity on see-thru glass was made possible. Additionally, John A. Conklin, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. will be among the event’s hosts.
New Energy researchers have developed a working prototype of the Company’s SolarWindow™ technology in preparation for eventual full-scale production. Low production costs, improved manufacturability, and increased power performance are among important, recently announced objectives researchers are now targeting. Key to these advances is the development of new methods and technologies for applying New Energy’s electricity-generating coatings to see-thru glass surfaces. New Energy’s working prototype serves as a model for future advancements to various surface coating techniques and methodologies for applying SolarWindow™ coatings to see-thru glass.
“The public demonstration of our novel SolarWindow™ technology is a very exciting milestone for all our stakeholders, including the research team, management, and shareholders of New Energy,” stated Mr. John A. Conklin, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. “We’re eager to demonstrate how far we have come in developing the first-ever technology of its kind with the potential to radically change the way in which we power the estimated 80 million detached homes and 5 million commercial buildings in America, and throughout the world.”
Electrical power is generated on see-thru glass when New Energy’s SolarWindow™ coatings are sprayed onto surfaces using commercially available technologies. This patent-pending process enables researchers to spray SolarWindow™ coatings onto glass at room temperature, eliminating expensive and often cumbersome high-temperature or high-vacuum production methods commonly used by current solar manufacturers.
Until now, solar panels have remained opaque with the prospect of creating a see-thru glass window capable of generating electricity limited by the use of metals and various expensive processes which block visibility and prevent light from passing through glass surfaces.
“We applaud Dr. Jiang for her ongoing work and collaboration of the research team at the Physics lab at the University of South Florida for helping us develop an early scale working prototype of SolarWindow™ along with significant breakthroughs with transparency and the production of electricity on see-thru glass,” commented Mr. Conklin. “A new day is dawning for us and the general public as we look forward to combating escalating energy costs and concerns over the environment.”
Researchers are also working to bolster the electrical power output of SolarWindow™, generated from both natural sunlight and artificial sources such as fluorescent lighting typically installed inside commercial offices and incandescent bulbs inside residential homes. Unlike conventional solar technologies, New Energy’s SolarWindow™ generates electricity from both natural and artificial light sources, outperforming today’s commercial solar and thin-film technologies by as much as 10-fold under low-intensity irradiance.
SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. is a developer of next generation, transparent electricity-generating SolarWindow™ coatings.
SolarWindow™ coatings generate electricity on see-through glass and flexible plastics with colored tints popular to skyscraper glass. Unlike conventional systems, SolarWindow™ can be applied to all four sides of tall towers, generating electricity using natural and artificial light conditions and even shaded areas. SolarWindow™ uses organic materials, which are dissolved into liquid, ideal for low-cost high-output manufacturing; and is the subject of a patent pending technology.
The company’s Proprietary Power Production & Financial Model (Power & Financial Model) uses photovoltaic (PV) modeling calculations that are consistent with renewable energy practitioner standards for assessing, evaluating and estimating renewable energy for a PV project. The Power & Financial Model estimator takes into consideration building geographic location, solar radiation for flat-plate collectors (SolarWindow™ irradiance is derated to account for 360 degree building orientation and vertical installation), climate zone energy use and generalized skyscraper building characteristics when estimating PV power and energy production, and carbon dioxide equivalents. Actual power, energy production and carbon dioxide equivalents modeled may vary based upon building-to-building situational characteristics and varying installation methodologies.
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