This dream could become a valid possibility via the invention of transparent solar cells which, when positioned between the panes of double-glazed windows, take energy from the sun.

Researchers have established a novel efficiency standard for color-neutral, transparent solar cells by attaining 8.1% efficiency and 43.3% transparency with an organic, or carbon design as opposed to traditional silicon.

Structural glass boasts a coating to reflect and absorb the light for lessening interior brightness and heat and opposed to throwing that energy away, transparent solar panels could preserve it for good use.

Previously produced transparent solar cells boast light utilisation efficiencies of about 2-3%, which renders 8.1% a substantial increase.

Stephen Forrest, the Peter A. Franken distinguished university Professor of engineering and Paul G. Goebel Professor of engineering, said that windows are the perfect location for organic solar cells as they offer elevated efficiency and visible transparency.

UbiQD, an advanced materials company in New Mexico, is developing transparent solar panels that one can’t tell apart from regular glass through the use of Quantum Dots – microscopic particles that can direct light to harness energy.

These Quantum Dots are tiny super ‘nano’ particles that are amazingly efficient at the art of photoluminescence—thus reducing substantial loads from sizable electricity grids. They could be integral to the planning of solar cities sometime in the future.

 

Source: Architecture and Design.Com. Au