What do you use usual blinds for? Yes, to protect your home from sunlight. But have you ever thought that you can use that sunlight to generate electricity? This is what SolarGaps creator, entrepreneur Eugene Erik though about when producing Solar Gaps – the first solar blinds that produce electricity blocking your room from sunlight.
As a result, Solar Gaps have become usual blinds with expanded list of functions. Its lamellas have an array of monocrystalline solar cells with a light sensor mounted in the blinds to track the location of the sun. Depending on where the sun is currently shining, the sensor automatically changes the angle of slats providing the best efficiency for solar panels.
As with other smart devices, it pairs with an iPhone and iOS app and shows you information about the energy the blinds are producing.
The best part? SolarGaps produce up to 100 Wh / h of energy per square meter when installing outside and up to 50 Wh – indoors. This energy is enough for charging mobile phones, or for returning it back to the city electricity network. Or you can accumulate it in batteries for later usage. What is great about returning generated power back to the grid, is lots of saving for your electricity bill.
To install SolarGaps to your home, you can follow simple instructions. You need to mount the blinds over the window using the provided brackets or you can install them outside of your home. Installing the gaps outside increases the efficiency of produced solar power. Then, plug the panels into a power outlet, and you will start saving on electricity bills.
If you really want to charge your devices right away, like you are charging it from electricity, there are two options. Buy SolarGaps and some solar batteries like Tesla Power Wall, and then charge it from there. Or plug the inverter into the outlet and send the electricity back to the grid and charge your device using the normal electricity.
SolarGaps is available for pre-orders on Kickstarter. Making a deposit of $390, you will receive a basic set. When the mass production begins, the estimated retail price will start at $ 783 and more depending on the size of the windows. If your window does not come in standard sizes, you can order custom sized blinds. Manufacturers are promising the shipment of pre-orders on September 2017.
If you want to make your home greener, and more environment-friendly, saving the electricity bills, you can also install Tesla Solar Roofs. Apparently, the differences are only in costs.