Solar window blinds both block and harvest sunlight
May 12, 2017
<h5>Regular window blinds already help people to save electricity – by keeping incoming sunlight from heating a room up, they reduce the need to run an air conditioner. SolarGaps, however, take things a step further. <br/></h5>
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<p></p><p>Each slat is equipped with an array of monocrystalline solar panels, which generate electricity via the very sunlight that they're blocking. </p><p><br/></p><p>Additionally, the blinds use a light sensor to track the sun, automatically changing the angle of the slats in oder to best absorb its rays.</p><p></p><p><font color="#333333"><span style="font-size: 18px;">I</span></font>nvented by entrepreneur Yevgen Erik, SolarGaps are reportedly able to generate up to 100 watt-hours of energy for every square meter when mounted on the outside of a window, or up to 50 watt-hours when mounted inside.</p><p><br/></p><p><img src="https://gizmag-images.imgix.net/solargaps-1.jpg?auto=format%2Ccompress&ch=Width%2CDPR&fit=max&h=700&q=60&w=616&s=5354e82ea1779fc2c0f49db403601400"/></p><p><br/>
<br/></p><p>Although the slats do automatically change their angle to track the sun, the blinds can also be manually operated via an iOS/Android app. </p><p><br/></p><p>Not only does the software allow users to open and close the blinds at will, but it also lets them set the blinds on a schedule, monitor how much energy they're producing, or even set them so that they open whenever someone enters the room (they have a built-in motion sensor).</p><p><br/></p><p>If you're interested in getting some SolarGaps, they're currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. </p><p><br/></p><p>A pledge of $390 will get you an extra-small set of the blinds, when and if they reach production. The planned retail price is $783, with prices going up accordingly for larger sizes.</p><p><br/></p><h5>Thank you to our friends at <i>NEW ATLAS</i> for providing the original article below:</h5><p></p><p></p><p></p>
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