Now that the California Energy Commission (CEC) is focused on solar + storage commercial buildings, it’s time to think beyond panels on the roof. The CEC recently awarded NEXT Energy Technologies with a $3 million grant to advance and demonstrate its glass-coating technology process for fabrication of solar power-generating windows. The project, “Rapid Innovation Development of Energy Generating Windows for Zero-and Negative-Carbon Emission Buildings,” was awarded to NEXT after the successful demonstration of directly coating its existing proprietary organic semiconducting technology onto large sheets of heat-treated glass. The method will allow for a more seamless application into the window manufacturing process that leads to much higher margins with low capital cost equipment.
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