Transparent solar cells close to becoming a reality

UCLA researchers are working on a new see-through solar cell that’s showing potential, if this is the case just think of  the applications. From Engadget:

Using a new type of polymer solar cell, the team has been able to build a device that converts infrared light into electrical current. Current prototypes boast 4 percent energy conversion efficiency at 66 percent transparency — not crystal clear, but certainly clean enough to peer through. According to a study in ACS Nano, the technology could be used in “building-integrated photovoltaics or integrated photovoltaic chargers for portable electronics.” 

In other words all those glass office buildings you see around every city in the world would be able to generate electricity from the sun. Now that is a smashing idea!!

Via Engadget


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