Transparent solar cells could one day generate power for homes and office buildings

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A team of researchers wants to turn windows into viable solar panels. Windows of homes and office buildings could one day generate solar energy via transparent solar cells, according to research conducted by scientists at Michigan State University. New technologies could revolutionize traditional solar windows. While glass windows generating solar power isn’t anything new, the trouble is that these windows traditionally have light-absorbing films embedded in their glass, which removes their transparency. Instead, they have a brown or reddish tint. Although this lack of transparency maximizes their efficiency to convert…

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UCLA researchers make breakthrough in solar energy

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Solar energy breakthrough achieved by UCLA researchers Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) have made a major breakthrough in the field of solar energy. The team has been working on developing a new kind of solar cell that could change the way energy is harnessed from sunlight and open up more efficient options when it comes to tapping into this energy. Researchers have developed a transparent photovoltaic film that may be able to turn nearly any surface into a solar energy collector. Transparent solar cells are gaining…

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Invisible solar energy systems becoming more feasible

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Solar energy systems may soon replace windows Invisible solar cells have been a very attractive notion for the world of renewable energy for some time. Researchers interested in clean technology consider such solar cells to be an innovative way to solve some of the problems associated with solar energy, such as its adoption by large corporations. Such solar cells are not actually invisible, rather they are transparent but capable of collecting sunlight and converting it into electrical power. Researchers from New Energy Technologies, a research and development firm focused on…

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Sharp introduces transparent solar cells

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Transparent solar cells could be used as windows The Sharp Corporation, a leading developer of electronic products, has announced the release of new transparent solar cells that are designed to operate as windows for homes. Beginning in October, Japanese homeowners will be able to purchase these windows, which will be able to generate electricity through the collection of sunlight and provide power to a home. The concept of transparent solar cells has been growing in popularity recently and Sharp believes the time is right to introduce such products to the…

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UCLA researchers make a breakthrough in transparent solar cells

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Research team makes progress with solar energy technology Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have made progress on the research and development of transparent solar cells. These types of solar cells have been growing in popularity within the science and technology communities because of their possible applications in creating solar energy systems. Because they are transparent, the cells could be affixed to windows, allowing for the passive generation of solar energy without the need for the common photovoltaic solar panels that are often associated with solar energy…

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