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Glass Windows Turned Into Affordable Energy Storage Devices with Transparent Battery Technology

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Feb 12, 2024
New method discovered for storing energy in glass windows, say researchers

In Bengaluru, researchers at the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences have created a unique battery that can turn glass windows into affordable energy storage devices. This high-performance aqueous transparent battery has colour modulation capabilities and can be used in smart windows.

According to the Department of Science and Technology, these smart windows remain transparent during the day while storing energy, and at night, the stored energy can power electronic devices within the room while transitioning to a dark blue state for privacy. The lead scientist, Dr. Ashutosh Kumar Singh, explained that these transparent energy storage devices have significant potential for integration into smart window applications, offering energy storage capabilities with adaptive transparency.

The unique design of the transparent battery uses aluminium-ion battery technology, integrating a cathode material composed of thickness-optimized electro-chromic tungsten oxide (WO3) and aluminium as the anode. The use of aqueous electrolytes makes them cost-effective, high-performing, and safe, making them ideal for use in modern infrastructures.

Dr. Singh also mentioned that commercialising this technology would require minimal investment and that they are open to collaborating with potential smart glass manufacturers. The research on this transparent battery was recently published in the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials.

In conclusion, researchers at the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences have developed an innovative solution to store energy using glass windows as affordable storage devices. These transparent batteries have significant potential for integration into smart window applications due to their energy storage capabilities with adaptive transparency.

With their unique design using aluminium-ion battery technology, these batteries are cost-effective, high-performing and safe making them ideal for use in modern infrastructure. Additionally, commercialisation of this technology requires minimal investment making it accessible to everyone.

Overall this research is an important step towards sustainable living by utilizing everyday materials like glass windows to store renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power.

Researchers at the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences in Bengaluru have created a groundbreaking technology that turns glass windows into affordable energy storage devices using a new type of high-performance aqueous transparent battery with colour modulation capabilities. These Smart Windows retain their transparency during the day while storing solar or wind power energy which can be used during the night to power electronic devices within the room while transitioning to a dark blue state for privacy.

The unique design of this Transparent Battery employs Aluminium ion battery technology which integrates a Cathode material composed of thickness optimized Electro chromic Tungsten Oxide (WO3) & Aluminium as Anode which makes it cost effective high performing & safe making it ideal for use in modern infrastructure.

Lead Scientist Dr Ashutosh Kumar Singh stated that these Transparent Energy Storage Devices have immense potential for integration into Smart Window Applications offering Energy Storage Capabilities with Adaptive Transparency.

Commercializing this Technology would require minimal investment & they are open to collaborating with Potential Smart Glass Manufacturers.

This Research was recently published in ACS Applied Energy Materials.

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