MSK Corp., of Tokyo, has developed amorphous silicon solar technology
in conjunction with Kaneka and the Japanese architects Taiyo Industries
to produce PV-TV solar panels.
The photovoltaic glass panels, measuring 1-meter by 1-meter,
were designed to fit a wide range of building applications and
offer thermal insulation, solar heat gain protection and protection
from ultra violet rays.
During the manufacturing process, a laser inscribes a series
of ultra fine lines onto the panel. According to a MSK press release,
this process allows 10 percent of visible light to be transmitted
through the glass, enough for sufficient light to enter a building
even during cloudy conditions, while protecting against excessive
solar gain. In addition, an amorphous silicon cell with 10 percent,
5 percent or 1 percent transparency is placed between two sheets
of glass and a charge box is attached to collect the energy generated
by the window.