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Some remarkable achievement in the smart window industry is observed among some scientist who constructed smart windows that could control the rate at which light gets into a building. This means that smart windows reduces the cost of servicing cooling and heating systems. Notwithstanding the present breakthrough on smart windows, the possibilities available with the use of smart windows seems to be increasing each and every day.
Therefore, apart from the ability of smart windows to keep heat away from a building, they could also serve as solar panels and TV. This is the age we are in, where your smart window can serve as a solar panel and a TV.
Presently, some of the smart windows used as solar panels are Thermochromic, which means the windows can change colors and adapt to a more tinted form when rays of sunlight strikes on them. The dark color observed on such windows that serve as solar panels is as a result of the heating of methylamine molecules contained in the smart window. Once the smart windows become darkened, they become more effective as solar windows, which means reduced sunlight enables such windows to serve as good windows with clear visibility, while heavy sunlight enables the windows to also serve as good solar panels.
A smart window does as much help to reduce environmental hazard, so one of its core functions is not taken away. The use of a smart window that serves as a solar panel, helps to harvest energy from the sun- by serving as an efficient solar panel, which adds as a vital contributor to the energy needs of a building.
Though, a whole deal of creativity is put into the construction of a smart window that also serves as a solar panel. The right material has to be properly selected for production, which makes semi-conductors to be considered as a valuable option in the construction of such windows, which is as a result of some of the positive characteristics of semi-conductors.
The method used by the smart window with solar panels is made to capture the energy from the sun and filter out any harmful ray that will be detrimental to human health. So the construction process of the smart window requires high-level technological input.
More so, the world of Internet of Things is also expected to have a full touch of the benefits of a smart window. For example, when a routine maintenance is carried out on the cooling or heating system of a building, the cooling system would be able to communicate with the smart window in the building and demand for more penetration of sunlight into the building, or request for less penetration of sunlight in the building.
Furthermore, it is expected that smart windows for cars that also serve as solar panels will experience commercial patronage in the near future. Car manufacturers constantly seek for ways of reducing the traditional energy consumption rate in search of more sources of renewable energy supply, thereby making smart windows to be a good alternative.