Researchers from Michigan State University have come up with transparent solar panels which they believe have the potential to generate solar power as rooftop solar panels.
A team of engineering researchers from Michigan State University (MSU), have proposed the use of transparent solar panels to take advantage of the sun using solar panels and solar power-generating windows. These researchers, developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator that when placed on a window creates solar energy without disrupting the view.
The material developed, can be used on car windows, buildings or about any device with a clear surface. It makes use of organic molecules to absorb invisible wavelengths of sunlight and can be designed to pick-up just the ultraviolet and the near-infrared wavelengths that it converts to electricity.
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This material can find novel combinations with rooftop panels and other photo-voltaic materials to make for a highly efficient use of energy generating surfaces.