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Until recently solar panels where mainly characterized by their blue PV panels, but thanks to a research team from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, this might soon change. The team has developed a completely transparent material capable of harnessing the energy of the sun, which has opened up a whole new range of possibilities and applications. Although this is not the first transparent solar material to be developed, it is the first one that has no visible energy absorbing materials embedded in the panel making the material look like looking through shade-netting. The glass like material has been created with small organic molecules that absorb ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths.

The energy collected is then converted to electricity by a thin layer of photovoltic material that has been embedded in the material. This combination of these materials and glass creates a product that can be used in windows on cars, homes and buildings without obstructing the inhabitant’s view of the outside world. Laptops, tablets and phones fitted with this material would require less plug-in-charging as it would charge itself if it was simply placed in the sun.

Due to the clear solar technology being quite new, it’s still not as efficient as the standard PV solar panels, but it does open up the possibility of implementing solar energy installations in a non-intrusive way.

References:

http://guardianlv.com/2014/08/solar-panel-created-that-is-clear-like-glass/

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/scientists-create-transparent-solar-concentrator

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