Solar blind solution

Morley Glass is offering a solar powered integral blind solution. The Uni-Blinds W Smart integral blind system uses power generated from a small photovoltaic panel mounted on the exterior frame of the window or door.

The ‘free’ solar energy ensures a rechargeable battery is continuously charged-up to give the integral blind ‘more than sufficient’ electricity to operate it under normal conditions.

Available in a Venetian or pleated style, the blind that can be encapsulated within a 20, 22, 27 or 29mm cavity double glazed unit.

It is operated using a slide touch button control device magnetically attached to the window or by a remote control unit, both of which raise and lower the blind – and, in the case of the Venetian, tilt the slats.

Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said: “Energy efficient and 100% renewable energy powered products are in great demand. The beauty of the W Smart is that it can operate totally free of mains power apart from a very occasional boost using a micro-USB connection.”

Another development of W Smart, due for release early 2023, is a smart home enhancement. A new ‘plug and play’ smart hub called ScreenHub, developed by ScreenLine manufacturer Pellini, enables the blind to be controlled using a smart phone app.

W Smart can be enhanced further with advanced glass products that offer superior thermal insulation and solar control. Specifying glass such as Planitherm One for W Smart blinds will deliver a complete integrated solar powered blind unit with ultra-low U-values, and solar control can be boosted by choosing Saint-Gobain Cool-Lite SKN 176 glass.