Two researchers from the University of Cincinnati have developed a revolutionary way to harness solar energy to light interior spaces. His original idea, SmartLight, has some serious potential to change the way office buildings and homes are on -. With very low power consumption
Anton Harfmann and Jason Heikenfeld, who recently presented his research, “Smart Light – Improved Windows to improve solar distribution in buildings,” in an international forum energy CasaClima in Italy, developed the technology, which would use between 10,000 and 100,000 times less energy needed to power an incandescent bulb.
Harfmann says, “SmartLight technology would be innovative. It would be changing the game. This would change the energy equation. How buildings would be changed are designed and refurbished. The way they would use the energy would be changed and dealing with the reality of the sun. it has all kinds of benefits and implications that I do not think we have not even started playing. ”
Smartlight functions through a fine grid of electrofluidic cells that can be applied near the top of the windows. The grid is self-powered by solar energy (photovoltaic), and comprises electrofluid can take a variety of forms, including prisms and lenses, using minimal electricity. Through these electrofluid cells, sunlight can be controlled, stored and directed numerous other applications.
One major difference between SmartLight and other solar systems is that typical solar energy systems lose a lot of energy from the sun once converted into electricity. According Harfmann, however, the sunlight is channeled through the remains SmartLight system, and is used in its original form, so it is much more efficient.
SmartLight also has the advantage of being able to provide lighting to the areas ‘blocked light’ buildings, is controlled wirelessly with a software application for mobile phones, you can store energy for use on cloudy days and adjusted to provide different dynamics of light, and can even be used to heat and cool buildings.
Its benefits would be very useful for office buildings, since, according to Harfmann, almost 50 percent of the total energy consumed by humans goes to feeding them.
Heikenfeld says, “you are in a space that is fully available now. Even if I want to re-equip the existing architecture, I have the space and the ability to do so. And something is not necessary mechanical and bulky like a buzz in the corner of his office light direction motor. it just looks like a piece of glass suddenly switches. “
look forward to see what lies the bright future for this new technology.
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