Columbia, Md.-based New Energy Technologies Inc.  has entered into Phase 2 of its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to advance the development of its SolarWindow technology. The two groups had announced last March that they would be working together.

Under the terms of the groups’ agreement, researchers are working toward optimizing the deposition of various coatings on flexible surfaces; these layers will allow for electricity to be generated on the windows, according to information from New Energy.

“This second phase of the CRADA emphasizes the company’s active commitment to develop the SolarWindow see-through electricity-generating coatings into commercially valuable building integrated products, with the assistance of world-class research teams at NREL,” says J. Patrick Thompson, vice president, business and technology development for New Energy Technologies.