Miniature solar panels power temperature-regulating “smart blinds”

Sustainability |  < 1 min. read

(Image credit: Solar Gaps)

A new invention – solar-powered blinds – is throwing shade at the thought of going with curtains.

SolarGaps is the world’s first solar-powered blinds to automatically track the sun and generate electricity from its energy, all while keeping your home or office cool.

The “smart blinds” are said to reduce home energy bills by up to 30 percent and generate 100W per hour, enough to charge a smartphone, laptop or to power a TV during sunny hours.

And that’s not the only reason to drop the curtain on the use of shades.

SolarGaps come with an app that allows users to receive reports on the energy savings from the blinds and to control their positioning from anywhere in the world.

Truth be told, we still love curtains. But in order to shine sunlight on energy-saving ideas, one must not have their blinders on.

Did you know? The slats on a SolarGaps blind are also miniature solar panels. And we know that modern solar panels depend on petrochemicals like ethylene to make the EVA encapsulant for the silicon; propylene and benzene to make the polycarbonate junction box; and, ethylene to make the advanced poly(vinylidene difluoride) backpanel. The slats also feature an advanced polymer called ethylene-co-tetrafluoroethylene (yes, from ethylene) that enables each slat to be self-cleaning.


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