What if your windows and tables did more than just give you a view to the outdoors and a place to eat or work upon? The people behind Caventou have come up with ingenious technology that gives tables and windows the ability to harvest energy indoors and generate their own electricity.
Caventou Current Table and Current Windows
Founder Marjan van Aubel and Co-founders Peter Krige and Samira Ann Qassim of Caventou (named after the French chemist who came up with photosynthesis) have devised the Current Table and Current Windows whose solar cells use the property of color to create an electrical current.
This technology can be harnessed to heat your home and provide energy, even in diffused lighting, creating integrated self-sustainable systems for electronics – without cables- that are both functional and aesthetic.
Only three days after launching their new website, they received 15 pre-orders, and since then numbers have only gone up.
The table’s surface is made of colored glass. Within the glass is a photovoltaic layer of dye-sensitized solar cells ( a 3rd generation solar technology) that uses the property of color to create an electrical current, just like plant photosynthesis.
A contemporary version of stained glass windows, these work the same way as the Current Table and are scalable – the larger the surface area, the more energy it provides.
These functional living objects are intelligent too and show how they work best: by reading light intensity they reveal optimal light conditions to the user, how much energy they are harvesting, and how much energy they have stored.
At present they are working on the production run of Current Table 2.0. All of their resources are being channeled into research and development. Their plan is to sell directly to end consumers interested in design, technology and sustainability both online and offline (B2C). We are also targeting, co-working spaces, retailers, lifestyle design businesses, architects, property developers and hospitality groups (B2B).