Thursday, 23 August 2012

Solar Powered Windows And Doors With New Transparent Thin Film Solar Cells.

Researchers from the UCLA have developed a new transparent thin film solar cell that is a move towards enabling windows in homes and other properties to generate electricity while people can still see outside.

The UCLA team describe a new type of polymer solar cell (PSC) that can produce energy by absorbing mainly infra red light, making cells almost 70% transparent to the human eye. The device has been designed using a photoactive plastic that actually converts the infrared light into an electric current. Imagine this being applied to a huge skyscraper. The electricity generated would be considerable!

I remember writing about this new technology last year when it was in it's infancy and it is great to see it becoming a reality.

Check out the full story at ScienceBlog

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