This Astonishing Fully Transparent Solar Cell Could Turn Every Window And Screen Into A Power Source. Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMhdpWMDp04
In August 2015, researchers at Michigan State University developed a transparent solar concentrator, which has the potential to turn any window or pane of glass into a solar cell. Spearheaded by Prof. Richard Lunt, the research aims to integrate solar power into the lives of people in a minimally impactful way. This technology is truly amazing!
These solar cells are totally transparent. Now the very nature of transparent materials means that light completely passes through them – meaning that no energy can be captured. To overcome this challenge, the Michigan State researchers created the technology called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator which employs organic salts to absorb wavelengths of light that are invisible to the eye. These wavelengths are then guided to the edges of the cell, where thin “conventional” strips of photovoltaic solar cell convert the captured light into electricity.
The top efficiency of these solar cells is only 5% – because only part of the light spectrum is utilized. These numbers are low compared to “ordinary” solar cells but on a larger scale, the numbers quickly multiply – and the cells would of course be in locations that are not being used in any other way except as windows! If all the windows of buildings are replaced with the transparent solar cells, then the possibility of solar-powered cities is truly not far off. They are also looking into using the transparent solar cell as a screen for smartphones or tablets which can give you a few more minutes or even hours of usage on a single battery charge.
As of now the researchers aim to continue to develop the power efficiency of the cells while maintaining an affordable price. This technology offers a big promise in the field of renewable energy. There are still trying to improve the cell and has a long way to go before it can be put into the market. But one thing is for sure, the sensational transparent solar cell is the future of alternative energy….
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2 thoughts on “This Astonishing Fully Transparent Solar Cell Could Turn Every Window And Screen Into A Power Source”
I’ve watched this video before, I’m not an expert by any means I just like to tinker, I’ve had an interest in solar energy for quite some time but living in the city makes it hard to apply it, I do have two solar panel sets that produce 90 watts combined that I can use for emergency lighting and such and while yes this is a solar panel of sorts and yes it is innovative and an ingenious solution the actual solar panel is not transparent so this is misleading, this is actually a sheet of glass surrounded by solar panels not a transparent solar panel so in essence it’s a solar energy collector that directs the energy to the solar panels surrounding it rather than an actual solar panel, solar panels like this would generate enough energy in large structures but with an average home having around 10 small windows and not all facing in the right direction, the output wouldn’t be very much and would have to be supplemented with regular panels to produce enough energy to be self sufficient, I have read some posts where they’ve made roof shingles into solar panels and another where they were producing some sort of paint that can produce power, these types of solar power would be better suited to small homes.
Yes on every level to the point that it should be mandatory on new construction from here on out with a mandatory retrofit on existing buildings of every type no later then 5 years USA wide. Hell lets find a way to make ALL glass voltaic, please.