Layered with SolarWindow electricity-generating liquid coatings, glass modules were subjected to the extremely high heat and pressure of autoclave equipment located at the fabricator’s facility. Despite the SolarWindow modules being subjected to the harsh pressure and temperature conditions, subsequent performance testing confirmed that the modules continued to produce power, paving the way for deployment of the company’s electricity-generating windows.
“This is one of the most important advancements for the commercial manufacturing of SolarWindow products, and marks a huge win for all our stockholders, supporters, and scientists and engineers. We’ve long championed the prospect of electricity-generating windows powering skyscrapers and tall towers, which alone consume almost 40% of all the electricity generated in the US,” said John A. Conklin, president and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc.
The autoclave manufacturing process uses high heat and pressure to bond layers of glass required for safety and architectural glass. Glass is held in place by an interlayer, between two or more layers of glass. The interlayer keeps the layers of glass bonded even when broken, and its high strength prevents the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces. The company’s electricity-generating coatings are applied to the inside of these panes and laminate interlayer during manufacturing. The ability of these liquid coatings to withstand the autoclave process is critical to the production of electricity-generating windows.