A modular solar awning that generates power and light is being tested at the University of Oregon.
The eSolar Awning was developed by sustainable architecture associate professor Ihab Elzeyadi.
It's also helping the university envision a future of increasingly close partnerships with business, a vision likely to foster an important role for UO in the research and development of ecologically friendly building products.
The modular system is made up of conventional photovoltaic cells and shading, but its assembly is unique. It attaches to a building's exterior, providing shade to windows while reflecting light back inside. For more than a year, Elzeyadi and his colleagues have been testing the awning’s performance on the side of a university building, measuring it’s power generation capacity and the panels’ effect on indoor factors like light and temperature.
Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.