Solar powered window blinds


Blight Blinds by Vincent Gerkens

When you combine the words “blind” and “light,” you get Blight. Well, some people do, and some of those people happen to be inventor luminaries whose primary concern is making the world a greener, more sustainable place, and they’re willing to bend technology to the task.

Make that word combo happen, and magically, one such inventor came up with Blight Blinds, an invention meant for the green home, and one that can instantly turn you mini or window blinds into functioning solar panels. How does it work? Simple. During the daytime, the blinds in your windows absorb the sun’s rays, just like any solar panel. When the sun goes down, however, that accumulated solar power can be used to light your house, powering home electricity and saving you money while saving the planet a little bit at a time, too.

More Info on Blight Blinds and Inventor Vincent Gerkens

Invented by designer Vincent Gerkens, the Blight Blinds were voted one of 50 top entries to the Greener Gadgets Design Competition, receiving high praise from many. Gerkens’ Blight offers a clever take on the at-present, entirely conventional venetian blinds. While the old version does little more than block the sun in aid of maintaining cooler temperatures in the house, the new Blight Blinds soak the sun up and make use of it, rendering the blinds as a multi-tasker deluxe in today’s green movement.

The new green design takes advantage of the overall surface area of  venetian blinds by lining each panel with flexible solar cells. Once darkness arrives at night, the stored and accumulated energy can be transferred to a layer of electro-luminescent foil, thereby providing energy-efficient light in the home.

The designer Gerkens says, “With Blight we have not produced a new object; we have just created the design of an everlasting product: the Venetian blind. We use all the current functions of this object and add a little technology to give it a new function – to catch solar energy and convert it into electricity.”