A Spinout from University of Exeter, Build Solar, has developed an innovative glass brick, which can be incorporated into the fabric of a building and is designed to collect solar energy and convert it to electricity.
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These bricks allow electricity to be produced at the site of use, whilst being seamlessly integrated into the building, maintaining daylighting and thermal insulation.
The solar glass bricks, called Solar Squared, fit seamlessly into either new buildings, or as part of renovations in existing properties. Solar Squared uses intelligent optics that focus the incoming solar radiation onto small solar cells, enhancing the overall energy generated by each solar cell.
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