We’ve all seen them. The semi-reflective, black grid panels set on a hillside or a rooftop. Solar panels, though an eyesore, are a renewable energy dream. It’s no secret that solar energy aims to be the primary source of power in the foreseeable future. Solar tech has become especially useful in rural areas where laying power lines is not an option. But what about urban city life? These bulky and aesthetically unappealing panels are not ideal for a city packed with skyscrapers and office buildings.
The answer – according to a relatively new and exciting company Ubiquitous Energy Inc. – is quite simple. They propose eliminating the external solar panel altogether, and instead building skyscrapers with their state-of-the-art ‘smart glass.’ In short, smart glass is coated with the trademarked Clearview Power film which absorbs UV and infrared light rays, converting them into renewable energy. By using glass coated with Clearview Power, architects are achieving a structurally sound building, as well as one that is entirely energy efficient. Ubiquitous Energy (UE) has a similar glass film in the works for mobile devices which would theoretically provide battery life ad infinitum.