Transparent solar energy generating blocks can now enable us produce more energy from our buildings. It enables builders take advantage of the huge all-round surface area of buildings exposed to sunlight. 

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed solar energy producing glass blocks that can be fitted into building walls. These solar glass blocks called Solar Squared, are transparent blocks containing multiple  elements that focus incoming sunlight onto any one of the solar cells. The cells in each block are linked together, and the blocks in them can in turn be wired to one another, feeding into the building’s electrical grid or a battery.

 

Solar blocks
The units come in a variety of colors and patterns

 

This brings together the latest solar technology and embeds it within conventional construction materials. As an investment, the commercial development of the product is being done by spinoff company Build Solar. They work with partners to help carry out commercial testing.

 

 

Links: Build Solar

 


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