When I think of power windows I get a feeling of dread; like some just stepped on my grave.Â This is because I own a vintage European car and while the drive train and suspension are second to none, the electrical system is often…well…European.Â
Over-engineered (read overly expensive) little rocker switches control the windows from the center console instead of the door.Â My personal record is three out of four windows work (more or less) like they should albeit with a surprising array of interesting sounds.Â
But this concept in power windows, while being only slightly more complicated, is quite a bit more interesting and beneficial to mankind in general.Â We are talking nanosilicon photovoltaic cells.Â Using a process of electrochemical and ultrasound identically sized nanoparticles of silicon are Â produced that provide “varying wavelengths of photoluminescence and high quantum efficiency”Â
I haven’t a clue what that means.Â
But the short of it is that they create a clear film that can be placed over existing windows and convert sunlight into electricity.Â In addition, this same film can be placed over existing solar panels increasing the performance of the solar panel 60 to 70 percent.
“The exceptional power performance of these silicon nanoparticles is a substantial achievement, and is especially significant since our use of these same nanoparticles is key to the development of Octillion’s transparent glass windows capable of generating electricity, an innovation that I believe can potentially reduce the harmful environmental impact associated with traditional electrical power generation,” explained Mr. Harmel S. Rayat, President and CEO of Octillion Corp
In addition to increasing the performance of the solar panels the film should increase the the lifespan by reducing UV heat.Â
The NonoPower Windows are a project of Octillion corp.