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Posted on July 15, 2015 by  & 

Windows and tables to charge devices in the home

The photovoltaic technology developed by Solaronix offers the advantage of performing in diffuse light conditions, including indoor.
London-based designer Marjan van Aubel, who earlier this year unveiled the Current Table has now created the Current Window. The table makes clever use of Solaronix's solar modules for indoor applications. The glass surface of the Current Table is made of Solaronix' colored and transparent photovoltaic panels. During day, ambient light is converted to electricity by the photovoltaic glass surface, and stored in batteries elegantly dissimulated in the table structure. Then, USB ports present on each side of the Current Table allow charging of portable devices.
The Current Window is a stained glass window where coloured pieces of glass are generate electricity from daylight, and can even harness diffused sunlight. This electricity can be used to power a whole range of electrical appliances. The glass pieces are made of Dye Sensitised Solar Cells, which use the properties of colour to create an electrical current — just like photosynthesis in plants. Similarly to the various shades of green chlorophyll absorbing light, the coloured window panes harness energy.
Plug in devices through integrated USB ports in the window ledge. The greater the surface exposed, the more energy will be collected. Imagine these windows in churches, schools, and workplaces. Current Window offers us an example of energy-harvesting in a natural and aesthetic way.
Source and images: Solaronix and Marjan van Aubel
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