Solar power is one of the main energy resource we may use from the nature. Many houses have solar panels on the roof to attain the energy. But how about apartments that don’t have a outdoor roof?
A team called SolarGaps has launched a campaign to build solar panel window blinds that will automatically adjust positions to face the sunlight and generate power for the household.
Each piece of the blind has solar panel on it to absorb solar energy. Simply plug the blind wire into an available socket, users will be able to take advantage of the natural energy.
The smart blinds come with a SolarGaps dock which allows users to charge their personal devices, and a battery so that users may store the energy for later consumption. Also, users may switch to a two-way meter to sell extra energy to a power grid during the day when power demand and price are higher.
According to SolarGaps, up to 100 watts of energy can be generated per square-foot of the blind, enough to power 30 LED light bulbs. As for conserving energy, the company says it can reduce electricity bill by up to 70% for apartments, homes or business offices.
The product was created with apartment renters in mind. It allows renters to install the interior wall brackets by themselves. It also provides homeowners permanent installation options to maximize energy production.
The corresponding mobile app allows users to open, close or adjust the blinds remotely. It also offers information like weather forecast and the amount of energy generated from the blinds. The device connects to the app via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Moreover, SolarGaps integrates with other IoT devices as well. For example, users can connect it with Google Home or Amazon Echo to activate voice control, or with Nest Thermostat to change home temperature by adjusting the blinds.
The team is seeking US$50,000 from Kickstarter backers. If the campaign procceeds as planned, product shipping will start in September.