Solarmer Energy and Joel Berman Co-Develop Decorative
Generating solar energy from modular glass panels that are attractive
from a design standpoint was the inspiration behind a joint development
project involving Solarmer Energy of Los Angeles and Joel Berman Glass
Studios of Vancouver. Together, the companies have jointly developed an
attractive decorative glass panel that is capable of generating clean
The panels feature textured kiln-cast glass laminated to transparent plastic
solar cells. The materials and manufacturing technologies used result
in a lower cost alternative to traditional silicon-based solar technologies.
Solarmerís thin, flexible photovoltaic panels are capable of converting
solar energy into electricity in a cost-effective manner. Paired with
designer textured glass, it is an attractive and affordable means of integrating
photovoltaics into buildings.
According to information from the companies, these solar panels are intended
to create new markets that currently are not addressed with conventional
silicon solar panel technology. The first applications for this technology
are expected to be portable digital electronic devices (such as cell phones
and PDAs) and smart fabrics (such as tents and solar bags). Building integrated
photovoltaics, in the form of power windows, are intended to follow.
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