Megawatt Smart Windows? (Off Grid Energy Independence. Europe 2018)

Mr Luke Gear, Technology Analyst
IDTechEx
United Kingdom
 

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Photovoltaic windows are being trialled using amorphous and crystalline silicon, perovskite DSSC and OPV technologies. Some are tuned to let in only the frequencies needed to grow greenhouse plants, others are intended for high rise buildings etc. Some are translucent and some are transparent but whether they use fine lines of opaque material or no patterning, their efficiency is less than regular opaque PV. Rather like solar roads, the argument is that they may make less electricity per square metre, but the area available is huge and the electricity produced is additional to that from other sources (and achieved without moving parts). Although vertical windows suffer somewhat from their angle to the sun, a high rise building might produce a megawatt this way - would it be viable?

Speaker Biography (Luke Gear)

Luke is a Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, where his areas of research include electric vehicles and energy storage. Luke holds a Master of Physics from the University of Bath, where he studied a variety of topics including photonics, nanoscience and condensed matter. Before joining IDTechEx, Luke completed his Master's placement at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. His focus was on increasing the computational efficiency of an in-house software called SMITER, which models the heat distribution of components inside a fusion experiment. This work contributed to the ITER project, currently under construction in France, which hopes to be the first fusion experiment to generate a surplus of energy. 

 
Luke has also completed an industrial placement at BAE Systems, where he helped test radar-absorbent materials, and engineer high-bandwidth antennas. He received a Chairman's Award for Innovation for his experimental work in November 2014. More recently, Luke completed an internship at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, where he published a report and datasets on policy drivers for behind-the-meter energy storage.

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