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Current Window

A modern take on stained glass, using the properties of colour to harvest energy from daylight which can then be used to power appliances indoors.

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The glass pieces in the Current Window are made of dye-sensitised solar cells, which use the properties of colour to create an electrical current. The technique is based on photosynthesis in plants.

 

Similarly to the green chlorophyll absorbing light, the coloured window glass harnesses energy. 

Imagine these windows in places such as churches and public spaces where these windows harvest the energy for indoor lighting. Current Window offers us an example of energy harvesting naturally and aesthetically for the future. Its electricity can be used to power appliances inside the house. Striped veins in the design symbolize electrical flows.

 

Plug in your devices to charge using USB ports integrated into the window ledge; the larger the surface area, the more efficient this window will be as a power source. 
 

London Design Festival 2015

Photography by Amy Gwatkin, Sasa Stucin, Michael Bodiam

Video: Jerry de Mars
 

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