SolarWindow Technologies, a developer of transparent power generating coatings for glass windows and flexible veneers, won its first-ever advanced materials manufacturing Cooperative Research and Development Agreement by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.
SolarWindow was awarded the CRADA after submitting a proposal outlining its process technologies and fabrication methods to the DOE’s Roll-to-Roll Advanced Materials Manufacturing Consortium, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partnering with Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The CRADA will be carried out with the DOE by SolarWindow, ANL, and NREL.
“This CRADA supports our development of novel coating and fabrication methods, manufacturing methods, and, in turn, expands our budget to help us reach our goal of bringing SolarWindow products to market. We’re honored to receive this award and grateful for the U.S. Department of Energy’s commitment to backing American ingenuity, manufacturing, and jobs,” stated Mr. John Conklin, President and CEO of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc.
Eligibility for the award was based on companies or organizations that develop and manufacture devices and systems in specialized areas for commercial applications, or that will be able to manufacture products as a direct result of the award.
SolarWindow is a developer of transparent electricity-generating glass, which when fabricated into windows, could turn entire buildings into vertical power generators. The company estimates that the market for SolarWindow glass products for tall towers and skyscrapers represents a $100 billion opportunity.
Targeting the estimated 5.6 million U.S. commercial buildings, which consume almost $150 billion in electricity annually, the company’s transparent electricity-generating windows could reduce energy costs by up to 50 percent, according to independently-validated company power and financial modeling.