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Solar window changes from transparent to tinted while generating electricity

By Faye Oney / December 19, 2017

Researchers have developed a photovoltaic device that generates electricity from sunlight that passes through thermochromic windows. Their device could provide power to buildings, smartphone batteries, and other electronics.

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Energy-saving window films incorporate thermochromic nanoparticles to reflect, absorb heat

By Faye Oney / September 7, 2017

A partnership between a research laboratory and a manufacturer has resulted in a new thermochromic window material that would save energy and automatically change its tint based on temperature.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / July 5, 2012

Some of the 8,680 Kyocera solar modules installed in the phase-one of the new Softbank Kyoto Solar Park. The park was dedicated this week to mark the start of Japan’s feed-in tariff, which is expected to double Japan’s domestic solar market in one year. Credit: Kyocera. Here is what we are hearing: Kyocera modules begin…

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Pump-and-probe laser method shines new light on rapid phase transitions

By / March 16, 2012

Lost vibrations: In the insulating state, the VO2 crystal structure vibrates at four well-defined frequencies when hit by a low power laser pulse. These vibrations modulate the reflectivity over time as shown in the left image. In the right image, the power of the laser has been turned up and the VO2 has stopped vibrating,…

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VO2 foils eyed for mass production for thermochromic window applications

By / February 7, 2012

Photographs of sample films at room temperature. Credit, Gao et al.; RSC Energy Environ. Sci. The notion of making functional and flexible ceramic foils is fascinating, but a little counterintuitive, isn’t it? Thus, I am always intrigued when new techniques and applications are discovered. A while back I wrote about a group from ETH Zurich that…

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