August 20, 2014
This is the first time that researchers have created the first fully transparent cell with a 5% conversion efficiency, slightly less than what the best luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) achieves at 6% efficiency. Its development was carried out by researchers at Michigan State University.
The panel is made up of organic molecules developed by the team, capable of absorbing ultraviolet and infrared light spectra, which are sent towards the edge of the material to be converted into electricity by means of thin strips of photovoltaic cells. This is thanks “to the fact that the materials do not absorb or emit light in the visible spectrum and appear exceptionally transparent to the human eye,” as Richard Lunt, researcher in charge, explains.
Its creators consider that this is the first step for the inclusion of these panels in colossal structures placed on the windows, such as skyscrapers, or in the screens of devices that require energy for optimal operation, something essential in smartphones and tablets.
via They create the first fully transparent solar panel – FayerWayer.
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