There has been a recent development and practical application of a transparent solar panel created by UCLA with a substance I can only describe as “glass like plastic”
Imagine having solar panels with the practical ability to act as windows so you can see outside and yet they are creating energy at the same time?
The greatest part of this new invention is that they can be made very afford-ably and solve the problem of how to make windows into solar panels.
I am sure many others have thought, “If we could just make solar panels transparent we could power skyscrapers”
As you can probably tell there will be numerous practical applications for solar panels that double as windows and skyscrapers is just the tip of the iceberg here.
The University of California, Los Angeles says these polymer solar cells produce energy by taking in almost all infrared light, allowing the window solar panels to be about 68 per cent transparent to us humans.
The windows were made from photo-active plastic which provides a way to turn infrared light into electricity.
The ability to produce these new solar cells at a high volume and low cost has got me super interested in these things.
I imagine cell phones and a majority of other electronics will one day incorporate these things into their functionality.
These solar cells were invented in the California NanoSystems Institute which is no surprise to me as nano technology continues to make strides in many new breakthrough inventions that are created.
The nano part of this technology is the small silver nanowire composite film that is put as the top transparent electrode. These panels are able to absorb a lot of near infrared light but not as much visible sunlight which is the trade off that allows for them to remain transparent.
The nano-mixture is silver nanowire and titanium dioxide nano-particles which allows for transparency and not just opaqueness as has been all that could be achieved in the past.