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Press Release 06-104 - Video
Active Building Envelope System

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The Active Building Envelope system takes incoming solar radiation and converts the solar energy into electricity to power solid-state, thermoelectric heat pumps. The thin-film technology, still in developmental stages, can both heat and cool an enclosure.

Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Video Transcript:

The animation depicts the ABE system as it converts radiation from the sun into electricity to power heating and cooling mechanisms. The wave represents incoming solar radiation while the two circles represent "cold" and "hot".

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