Windows that generate electricity among finalists for top science award

by Sophie Berrill
0 comment
Windows that generate electricity

Windows that generate electricity have been selected as finalists in Australia’s premier national science awards.

Monash University partnered with Australia’s national science agency CSIRO to develop the Perovskite Solar Window, which is now a finalist for the Eureka Prize for ‘Innovative Use of Technology’.

The Monash researchers – led by Professor Jacek Jasieniak and Dr Jenny Zhou, and working with a group led by Dr Anthony Chesman at CSIRO – created semi-transparent solar cells made from materials called metal halide perovskites.

The physical characteristics of perovskites mean they are very efficient at generating electricity while also being transparent. They can be printed as very thin films, making them ideal candidates for integrated applications in buildings. Researchers have also shown how films made using metal halide perovskites can be ‘tuned’ to achieve optimal balance between light transmission and power generation.

Modelling shows solar windows could produce up to 100 percent of the total electricity needs of a fully glazed skyscraper, substantially reducing a building’s net CO2 emissions. 

According to the researchers, future development work in the project will focus on translating laboratory-based production to scalable production methods suitable for window sizes commonly used in construction.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Eureka Prizes recognise outstanding achievements across the areas of research and innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. Winners of the Eureka Prizes for 2023 will be announced on Wednesday 23 August 2023.

Read about how designers from RMIT have 3D printed chill-out pods for busy healthcare workers to improve their mental health. 

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More