Completely Transparent Solar Panels

A group of researchers at Michigan State University have developed a new type of solar panel that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.

The team developed organic molecules that absorb wavelengths of sunlight that aren’t visible.

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A transparent luminescent solar concentrator waveguide is shown with colorful traditional luminescent solar concentrators in the background. The new LSC can create solar energy but is not visible on windows or other clear surfaces.

One of the many benefits of this new technology is its flexibility. While the tech is at an early stage, it has the potential to be scaled to commercial or industrial applications with an affordable cost.

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