March 6, 2008

Lightway, Revolutionary Lighting Concept

The above image was taken at night and there is no power being supplied to the window panes and yet they light up? This is a revolutionary new window and glass technology that looks like it will have promise for commercial applications and hopefully with a decrease in pricing residential installations as well.

The technology is based on cutting edge Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) and transparent photovoltaic nanoscale technology which allows the window to capture light during the day and at night illuminate using the stored energy. For commercial applications this could cut 22% of night lighting costs making it eco-friendly.

Lightway is the first technology which assimilates the necessary solar energy during the daytime and then using its inner devices enlightens the area (for instance, house or streets) during the night. I don't think this has much use right now for residential applications but the big story should be about a window that can store energy. Right now the discharge is light, but in the future could be energy to run heating and cooling. Instead of individual windows, they could be connected together to provide a percentage of the a buildings energy usage during both the day and night. This is the picture in mind when I think of how this technology will help.

I can't even count the number of windows in this picture and everyone of them is bombarded daily with huge amounts of solar energy. Somebody is about to make a ton of money on these ideas and hopefully the construction sector will start to promote the use of this technology.

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