Now that’s a bright idea! £200 ‘smart blinds’ that store solar energy in a battery could slash 70% off your energy bills

Now that’s a bright idea! £200 ‘smart blinds’ that store solar energy in a battery could slash 70% off your energy bills

Scientists have created window blinds that can lower your energy bills by 70% as they store solar energy. The makers of SolarGaps describe them as

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Scientists have created window blinds that can lower your energy bills by 70% as they store solar energy.

The makers of SolarGaps describe them as the worlds first invention of that type that use a battery to store solar energy and can even be an alternative to solar panels placed on rooftops.

The price for blinds as mentioned earlier should be about £210.

HOW DO THEY OPERATE?

  • The blinds possess thin solar panels placed on slats.
  • The direction they are pointed at is controlled by a motor which makes sure that they are directed towards the sun.
  • A normal sized window should be able to charge a laptop, as the panels produce up to 15 Wh per square foot.
  • All generated energy that is not used is stored in batteries and can even be sold on with a two-way energy metre.

Inventor of SolarGaps said that he spent some time studying sunflowers and how they always are turned toward the sun before making his designs.

He set the price of a ten square foot completely automated set for about £210 after he achieved his £38,500 crowdsourcing target with over £80,000 being gathered in three weeks time online.

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