HOW DOES SOLARGAPS WORK?
SolarGaps smart blinds are the first blinds that automatically track the sun and generate electricity from its energy while keeping your apartment or office cool. Installed on the outside of the building, our blinds will not only lower your power bills but also provide active shading to reduce air conditioning usage and consequently, reduce your carbon footprint.
The two main features photovoltaic energy generation, and smart shading features are combined together to achieve the best economic effect, i.e. you will save both on your electricity bill and reduce the operational costs on air conditioning up to 30%.
How does it work? SolarGaps is an all-in-one solution. Simply plug it in and the solar energy will charge your devices connected to the electrical grid, thus, reducing power usage from external electricity providers. If you have an emergency battery storage, you can also connect it to the SolarGaps system and use the solar-powered energy whenever you need it. Only 1 small window of around 1 sqm with our SolarGaps system can reduce electricity usage for 100 Watts per hour.
All you have to do is plug SolarGaps into a power outlet and the inverter will convert solar energy into electricity that can be used by all your devices. This means SolarGaps will feed electrical power that you can instantly use or store in a battery for later use.
Please fill out the form “GET A QUOTE" on our website (be sure to specify the size of the window on which you are going to install SolarGaps). We will send you a price estimation by mail.
1 sq m of SolarGaps blinds generates up to 100W per hour, which is sufficient to charge a smartphone, a laptop or to power a TV during sunny hours. For example, one average window (approximately 2 sq m) will generate around 1 Kilowatt per day, depending on your location, season, building facing, etc. The auto sun tracking system ensures the most efficient sun energy is captured at all times.
SolarGaps smart blinds will help you to save on electrical bills by not only producing green energy (up to 100W per 1 sq m per hour) for your household or office needs, but also by keeping the apartment cool, which means reducing cooling costs. This combination of features allows you to save on your power bills up to 30%.
We provide all customers with a two-year warranty on SolarGaps blinds, which is the industry average warranty term.
Solar energy is not useful on its own. A solar inverter transforms solar energy into electricity that your home appliances use.
We provide inverters for an extra charge. The type of inverter and its price depends on the size of the solar blinds.
SolarGaps is certified in the EU (CE Certificate). We have already applied for a certificate in North America at the beginning of 2019 and are going to obtain it this year.
Unfortunately, we do not provide batteries along with the system, but we are working on making it available for our customers. The batteries will be up for sale in September 2019.
The operating temperature of SolarGaps blinds ranges from -20°C up to 60°C at a relative humidity of 20%. In the case of snow, blinds must be fully retracted (opened) to avoid freezing and the extra mass that snow can couse.
SolarGaps blinds automatically adjust the angle to capture solar energy and provide shading in the most effective way. You can get reports and control the blinds with your smartphone. SolarGaps blinds will wake you up in the morning and keep your privacy at night.
You can still enjoy the view because our smart solar blinds are fully retractable. With all the controls you need at your fingertips and with Smart Home integration changing the position of your blinds it’s as simple as asking. SolarGaps blinds are available in different colors, so you can enen choose what is best for your apartment’s design.
The question we are asked a lot is how long does it take for SolarGaps blinds to pay off. Well, of course, the payback period depends on many factors such as the size of your smart blinds, the facing direction of the building, electricity cost per kWh in your country, sunshine hours, etc. Thus, the payback period should be calculated individually, as there is no single answer to this question. And don’t forget that SolarGaps functions are not limited to energy generation only.
Unfortunately, we do not produce inner blinds. Our system is not designed to be installed inside of the apartment or office because solar energy generation and shading effect will not be as productive as when it is installed outside.
As the system is mounted outside, the level of noise produced by the motor is ultra-low and will barely be heard from inside.
The surface of the solar elements is designed to ensure easy cleaning when it is necessary, even though most of the dirt is being washed off naturally by rain and snowmelt.
The minimum size of the blinds we can produce is W85 x H85 cm or (W33 x H33 in), the maximum size is W400 x H260 cm (13 ft 1 in x 8 ft 6 in).