USF innovation: Is SolarWindow solar power invention an energy breakthrough?
Dr. Xiaomei Jiang, right, the lead researcher for the Department of Physics at the University of South Florida in Tampa (at right above, and below left) demonstrates an electricity-generating coating applied to the window panes of a model house, held by assisting researcher Jason Lewis, left, during a press conference held at USF on Thursday.
The new invention is called SolarWindow and generates electricity using a transparent spray-on coating developed by Jiang and her research team. It is being marketed by New Energy Technologies Inc., Burtonsville, Md., which supported the USF research along with help from the Florida High Tech Corridor. New Energy Technologies envisions a day when buildings and homes across the country are outfitted with electricity-generating windows instead of traditional roof-top solar panels. Want to read more about this impressive innovation. Want more perspective? Here's the link to my column in Sunday's St. Petersburg Times. (Photos by Stephen J. Coddington of the St. Petersburg Times.)
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist