Ukrainian startup has developed these smart solar blinds that change their angle depending on the position of the sun in the sky and produce clean energy for your home or office. The product is named SolarGaps.
The idea behind it is simple. Motorized blinds supplied with solar cells and a tracking mechanism. They reduce the need for cooling the room in hot days by providing shade and at the same time produce clean solar energy. The electricity generated by them can be used directly or stored in a home battery system.
Depending on the type of installation, these solar blinds can produce 100 watt-hours of electricity per day (when mounted outside the window) and up to 50 watt-hours per day when mounted inside (“enough to power 30 LED light bulbs”). You can use an app to control SolarGaps remotely, set it on an automated schedule or operate it manually. It can be integrated with other smart home devices.
SolarGaps is especially useful to people who live in apartments and don’t have a roof to mount traditional solar panels. Here you can find a list of current SolarGaps dealers around the globe.
These plug-and-play solar smart blinds track the sun’s angle in the sky throughout the day and produce clean electricity for home or office. For those who can’t, or don’t want to, install solar on their rooftop, or who just want to offset some of their electricity with clean solar energy from their windows, a forthcoming product could prove to be a simple DIY solution.