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Solar Skylights: Energy and Light in One

Just as affordable solar panels begin to pick up speed, another breakthrough may be just around the corner: solar skylights. The brainchild of Pythagoras Solar, this energy-efficient invention could alter the way we allow natural light into our homes, office building and shopping centers.

With the ability to produce solar energy much like regular solar panels (offering 13 watts per square foot), the solar skylights might just be the perfect replacement for common fluorescent lighting—allowing in natural light while at the same time saving energy. 13 watts per square foot also means that the renewable energy created would be quite substantial. Two 10’x’10 skylights alone could produce 500 kilowatt hours of energy per month.

So how is it different from traditional dual-pane windows? Common insulated glass is made with two panes separated by a metal frame and coated with a film to block out the sun’s rays. The solar glass patented by Pythagoras Solar does have two panes of glass, but they’re made up of several tiles that each house a solar cell used to generate electricity. China Sunergy provides the monocrystalline silicon cells.

While the company’s foray into skylights will most likely prove a successful one, they hope to begin creating curtain walls for buildings later this year. And of course, with numerous out-of-the-box thinkers, Pythagoras Solar will undoubtedly change the solar industry for the better.

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