A recent invention currently looking for funding on Kickstarter may be just the solution for those who can’t (renters) or don’t want to install rooftop solar panels to reduce their monthly power bill. SolarGaps are energy generating window blinds, with each slat equipped with an array of monocrystalline solar panels, which generate electricity via the very sunlight that they’re blocking. Additionally, the blinds use a light sensor to track the sun, automatically changing the angle of the slats in oder to best absorb its rays.
Invented by entrepreneur Yevgen Erik, SolarGaps are reportedly able to generate up to 100 watt-hours of energy for every square meter when mounted on the outside of a window, or up to 50 watt-hours when mounted inside.
The energy that they produce can be stored in a battery for later use or it can be used as it’s being generated, for purposes such as charging electronic devices.
For more information go to Kickstarter.