Glass facades to become solar power generators

The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) wants to turn office windows into multifaceted solar power generators. The CASE “integrated concentrating dynamic solar facade” consists of grids of clear pyramids that help focus the sun’s rays to generate energy.

While the technology of solar cells on buildings or focusing the sun’s energy through a lens is not new, the integration of all these ideas is novel. (Go to http://www.case.rpi.edu/projects/ICsolar.html for more information.)

Another potential use for new developing technologies such as the dynamic solar facade could be in powering automated parking garages. These garages, such as Robotic Parking Systems, can accomodate any facade designed by architects and developers and already reduce CO2 emissions as well as other pollutants and greenhouse gases.

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