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Energy efficient windows inspired by nature [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Toronto and Harvard University have turned to nature to find a way to cut down on heat loss during the winter and keep buildings cool during the summer. Windows account for approximately 40% of building energy costs. The lead researcher Professor Be Hatton describes their technology in an article in Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells. Their “bio-inspired approach to thermal control for cooling (or heating) building window surfaces” calls for attaching optically clear, flexible elastomer sheets, bonded to regular glass window panes. The elastomer sheets have channels running through them through which room temperature…

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