New Energy Advances Commercial-Use Power Production Model of SolarWindow™ Following Validation by Independent Expert, Dr. Steven S. Hegedus

Dr. Steven S. Hegedus, renowned expert in photovoltaics. (Photo: Dr. Steven S. Hegedus)

COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: NENE) today announced that successful independent corroboration of early power modeling for the Company’s SolarWindow™ has spurred active development of advanced ‘commercial-use’ models for calculating power production and energy savings for the first-of-its-kind technology capable of generating electricity on glass while remaining see-thru. Once developed, an advanced power output model which accounts for performance and operating characteristics can serve as a basis for preliminary system sizing, value engineering, economic analysis, and power offset estimates — important considerations to prospective SolarWindow™ commercial customers.

“Today’s validation of our commercial-use power production model is an important step in providing potential customers with a performance and economic model for calculating cost-savings associated with the application of SolarWindow™ to building facades”

Today’s news follows validation of the Company’s early power production model by Dr. Steven S. Hegedus, a widely-published expert and authority in photovoltaics. Dr. Hegedus is credited with more than 90 scientific publications related to thin film solar cell fabrication, characterization, manufacturing methods and reliability studies. Dr. Hegedus also serves as Principal Investigator of industry-funded programs targeting improved power output of solar cells through chemical processes. Working through commercial partnerships, Dr. Steven S. Hegedus has developed technologies to help characterize the stability of organic photovoltaic modules under varying environmental conditions, an important hurdle in ensuring long-term performance. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering.

“I’m satisfied that New Energy’s preliminary power production model calculations appear accurate and appropriate, and based on reasonable assumptions. The results indicate that even at moderate efficiencies SolarWindow™ could be capable of providing a significant amount of energy, following its successful development and ultimate commercial installation,” explained Dr. Hegedus, following his review of the Company’s early models to calculate SolarWindow’s power production when applied to an entire building as a ‘system’.

“Today’s validation of our commercial-use power production model is an important step in providing potential customers with a performance and economic model for calculating cost-savings associated with the application of SolarWindow™ to building facades,” explained Mr. John A. Conklin, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc.

Key to maximizing energy production, SolarWindow™ can be applied to the extensive glass surfaces on commercial skyscrapers, an important advantage over conventional solar systems confined to installation on space-prohibitive rooftops.

The prospect of creating the world’s first-of-its-kind SolarWindow™, currently under development, is made possible when researchers spray the Company’s novel, electricity-generating, see-thru coatings onto glass surfaces. Unique to SolarWindow™, these coatings remain see-thru when applied to glass, and generate electricity under both natural and artificial light conditions. As part of its ongoing efforts to develop SolarWindow™ for commercial use, New Energy recently obtained an exclusive worldwide commercial license to numerous discoveries important to achieving transparency and ease of manufacturing.

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Researchers apply electricity-generating coating to commercial glass, demonstrating transparency of New Energy's SolarWindow(TM), currently under development. (Photo: New Energy Technologies, Inc.)

Researchers apply electricity-generating coating to commercial glass, demonstrating transparency of New Energy's SolarWindow(TM), currently under development. (Photo: New Energy Technologies, Inc.)

New Energy Technologies, Inc., together with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a developer of next generation alternative and renewable energy technologies. Among the Company’s technologies under development are:

  • MotionPower™ roadway systems for generating electricity by capturing the kinetic energy produced by moving vehicles – a patent-pending technology, the subject of nine patent applications in the United States and two international patent filings. An estimated 250 million registered vehicles drive more than six billion miles on America’s roadways, every day; and
  • SolarWindow™ technologies which enable see-thru windows to generate electricity by ‘spraying’ their glass surfaces with New Energy’s electricity-generating coatings. These solar coatings are less than 1/10th the thickness of ‘thin’ films and make use of the world’s smallest functional solar cells, shown to successfully produce electricity in a published peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy of the American Institute of Physics.

Through established relationships with universities, research institutions, and commercial partners, we strive to identify technologies and business opportunities on the leading edge of renewable energy innovation. Unique to our business model is the use of established research infrastructure owned by the various institutions we deal with, saving us significant capital which would otherwise be required for such costs as land and building acquisition, equipment and capital equipment purchases, and other start up expenses. As a result, we are able to benefit from leading edge research while employing significantly less capital than conventional organizations.

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