News - TAPPING SOLAR ENERGY THROUGH ARCHITECTURE
by Life Positive
Sheila Kennedy, an expert in the integration of solar cell technology in architecture at MIT, creates designs for flexible photovoltaic materials that may change the way buildings receive and distribute energy. These new materials, known as solar textiles, work like the now-familiar photovoltaic cells in solar panels. Made of semi-conductor materials, they absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity. Kennedy uses 3-D modelling software to design with solar textiles, generating membrane-like surfaces that can become energy-efficient cladding for roofs or walls. Solar textiles may also be draped like curtains.
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