In a move to turn glass into an energy harvester, NEXT Energy Technologies has developed an organic thin film technology that allows daylight to pass through while converting solar energy to electricity.
That technology is now on display at Patagonia’s Ventura, Calif., headquarters. The outdoor clothing retailer allowed NEXT to install 22 solar windows on its south façade. The electricity generated powers charging stations so employees can charge phones and other devices.
The project, which began on Dec. 13, 2022, is part of a NEXT product demonstration that aims to provide real-time information on the company’s solar windows.