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Multiple modern glass and window products based on novel glazing designs, metal-dielectric coatings, and proprietary interlayer types have been developed recently. Advanced windows of today can control properties such as thermal emissivity, heat gain, colour, and transparency. In more recent and more novel glass products, solar energy harvesting through PV integration is also featured. Typically, semitransparent and also highly transparent PV windows are purpose-designed, for applications in construction industry and greenhousing, to include luminescent materials, special microstructures, and customized glazing systems and electric circuitry. Recently, significant progress has been demonstrated in building integrated highly transparent solar windows (visible light transmission up to 70%, with Pmax ~30–33 Wp/m2, e.g., ClearVue PV Solar Windows); these are expected to add momentum towards the development of smart cities and advanced agrivoltaics in greenhouse glazing systems. These ClearVue window systems are, at present in 2022, the only type of high-transparency and clear construction materials capable of providing significant energy savings in buildings, simultaneously with renewable energy generation. The technology has already been deployed and tested in both commercial property applications and in R&D greenhousing. Of special interest is the combination of properties provided by ClearVue solar window products, which includes significant power conversion efficiency (~3.3%), which is achieved in windows of colour rendering index of 99%, simultaneously featuring high PV yield in multi-oriented BIPV installations. The greenhouse at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, has demonstrated great potential for commercial food production with significant energy saving.

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Vasiliev, M., Rosenberg, V., Lyford, J., Goodfield, D., Li, C. (2024). High-Transparency Clear Glass Windows and Agrivoltaics with Large PV Energy Outputs. In: Sayigh, A. (eds) Reducing the Effects of Climate Change Using Building-Integrated and Building-Applied Photovoltaics in the Power Supply. Innovative Renewable Energy. Springer, Cham.

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