Update 1/5/2018. Sadly, this company is no longer in business.
Anna, another solar post? I am sorry. Solar is just so sexy I can’t stand it. And when you drape it all over a tall skyscraper well, let’s just say, it makes me feel all tingly. So, what makes Pythagoras Solar so amazing cool? Watch the below video and see why this innovative window product is a solar lover’s dream.
According to the Company’s recent press release, this product contains transparent and high power density photovoltaic glass units with a pleasing design. Talk about making your building work for you. Energy efficiency and energy generation all rolled up in a window which blocks solar radiation and apparently delivers a high level of transparency for optimal daylighting. To be honest, when I think of solar generation in a form of a window, lack of visibility is where my mind wanders to.
As I listened to the video, my hand shot up in the air to ask the question, what about efficiency. How can you have beauty with efficiency? The Company states that their product generates four times more output then any other integrated product on the market.
Got data? Unfortunately, the Company’s website is devoid of any data regarding their findings. (Or I just couldn’t find it.) My wish list is that the Company would upload some data as well as any third party certification to back their marketing claims.
What about the cost? Does the triple advantage mean a triple high price tag? The Company has formed relationships with Arkema, China Sunergy and Flextronics, to aid Pythagoras Solar to quickly scale its operations as it prepares for production and distribution, and thus reduce the cost of the product. But again, how much? Will the payback be worth the investment? The Company states your return on investment typically can be about five years.
In the Company’s recent press release, this technology for curtain walls, skylights and windows will be available in the second half of 2010 possibly enabling many large buildings to become net zero.
Instead of focusing on roofs, we can start focusing on windows which are the weakest link in my opinion in building. Perhaps the DOE should be focusing on building energy integration products rather than triple pane windows? Readers, thoughts? Could this be possible?