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Independence Day: buildings that power themselves

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, July 4, 2015/Categories: sustainability, art and design, environment

In the SciFi action move, Independence Day, the actor Will Smith took control of his situation and kicked out the alien invaders to save the Earth. Climate change challenges the planet in an existential way and also must be defeated and solar energy is one renewable technolgy that is already helping.

What if skyscrapers and other buildings could produce their own electricity?  Ubiquitous Energy , a start-up venture in California is trying to make that a reality with their transparent photovoltaic material that could serve as windowpane glass. According to the Company, it is:

leading the development of transparent photovoltaics (PV) with their ClearView Power technology with plans to eliminate battery life limitations of mobile devices and power "smart glass" for buildings.The technology is a thin film that covers the display area of electronic products generating electricity to power them.

The new technology allows visible light to penetrate through the glass but captures the infrared (IR) and ultraviolet wavelengths to generate PV electricity. A short video provides further information and intended applications:

"Independence Day" takes on more patriotic meanings than parades, BBQ's, and fireworks if we were energized to attack the enemy of climate change enemy with smart technology and more direct action.



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