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 invented window blinds that store solar energy and are capable of slashing 70 per cent off homeowners’ energy bills.
- The creators of SolarGaps claim it is the world’s first ‘smart blind’ that can store solar energy in a battery and is being marketed as an alternative to rooftop solar panels.
- The blind has thin solar panels mounted on slats which generate up to 15 watt hours per square foot – enough power for the average sized window to charge a laptop.
- Mr Erik, who was inspired to create the green blinds after installing countless solar panels on to office buildings through his construction firm in Ukraine, said: ‘Millions of people live in apartments and don’t have the possibility to mount solar panels on the roof.
- ‘Unlike other smart blinds on the market, which generate only a small amount of electricity to power the control, SolarGaps produces enough electricity to power your devices, thus lowering your energy bill by up to 70 per cent.
The Redwood City-based creators of SolarGaps claim it is the world’s first ‘smart blind’ that can store solar energy in a battery and is being marketed as an alternative to rooftop solar panels.
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By Shivali Best For Mailonline
Published: 06:09 EDT, 3 July 2017 | Updated: 06:56 EDT, 3 July 2017