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Envisioning the Day Your Hotel is a Vertical Power Generator

Glenn Hasek

Imagine if the windows on your hotel became electricity generators for your property. Not just the windows on the south-facing side but every side. A company called SolarWindow Technologies has developed a product called SolarWindow that it says could have a payback of one year and reduce your electricity costs by 50 percent. Capable of generating current and voltage while maintaining the transparent nature of ordinary glass, the company’s recently featured nine-square-foot SolarWindow was created using the company’s patented LiquidElectricity coatings. A new video demonstrates the Solar Window. It is very cool technology.

The product is still not available for purchase but according to the company, the coatings transform otherwise ordinary glass into high-value glass which generates power from sunlight, indoor lighting, and even in the shade.

The window featured in the video “provides a glimpse at the future of electrification,” says Jay Bhogal, Chief Executive Officer of SolarWindow.

Buildings Can Become ‘Vertical Power Generators’

“As an owner of commercial properties, I envision a day when buildings everywhere become vertical power generators simply by installing electricity-generating SolarWindows,” says Harmel Rayat, Chairman of SolarWindow.

The SolarWindow is engineered to outperform rooftop solar by 50-fold. Let us say you have an urban, or even suburban hotel on a relatively small footprint and an investment in solar just does not make sense. With the newly available square feet of power generating surface, suddenly it does make sense.

The type of technology being engineered by SolarWindow could dramatically change how hotels are designed. Here’s hoping we hear a lot more about SolarWindow and similar technologies in years to come.

Moonlight Beach Inn Update

I really enjoyed my chat this past week with Shangwen Chiu Kennedy. She is owner of the Moonlight Beach Inn in Encinitas, Calif. Last year the property was the first lodging establishment in the world to earn Well Certification. Be sure to catch my updated article on this boutique inn in Encinitas, Calif. Kennedy is utilizing a whole-room UV light system for sanitization. I will be writing about this technology very soon on Green Lodging News.

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