New Cell a Step Forward For See-Through Solar

No thanks to Microsoft, the word “Windows” tend to invoke one of two things – a computer’s operating system, or the literal meaning of that transparent glass which you see occupy buildings and homes. Well, here is a way to have windows power your Windows, thanks to a group of researchers over at UCLA who have managed to come up with a mostly-transparent “high-performance solar cell. This will definitely pave the way for future architects to incorporate skylights in a building that is capable of generating electricity throughout the day – as long as there is adequate sunlight, of course. This “high-performance solar cell” that is mostly transparent, and will come with a 4% efficiency rating, which does sound relative low at first, but it is enough to place it within commercially-viable efficiency levels. The panels will be able to absorb solar energy that are within the near-infrared spectrum, and yet allowing up to 66% of the light in the visible waveleng

New Cell a Step Forward For See-Through Solar

Polymer cells absorb mostly infrared light, allowing two-thirds of visible light through

Fri 27 Jul 12 from IEEE Spectrum

UCLA produces transparent solar cells that harness infrared light

A UCLA team has developed a new type of solar cell that is nearly 70 percent transparent to the naked eye. The plastic cells, which use infrared instead of visible light, are also more economical ...

Wed 25 Jul 12 from Gizmag

Scientists create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

(Phys.org) -- UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still ...

Fri 20 Jul 12 from Phys.org

Transparent solar cells make any glass surface a power generator

Imagine something that's made of glass: your home's windows, a car's windshield, the screen on your smartphone. Now imagine that glass surface acting as a power generator. That could be a reality ...

Tue 24 Jul 12 from Dvice

Scientists create transparent solar panels out of 'glass-like' plastic

The University of California team describes a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that produces energy by absorbing mainly infrared light, making the cells nearly 70 per cent transparent to ...

Mon 23 Jul 12 from Daily Mail

Researchers create transparent solar cell ? the key to transparent computers?

There are two key breakthroughs here: First, this is the highest efficiency polymer solar cell (PSC) yet created; and, perhaps more importantly, researchers have historically struggled to get ...

Mon 23 Jul 12 from Extremetech

UCLA creates transparent solar cell for energy-generating windows

Solar cell research continues to increase their efficiency and produce more free energy per square inch. However, the fact solar cells aren’t transparent means adding them to our power ...

Mon 23 Jul 12 from Geek.com

Transparent solar panels could be the windows of the future

No thanks to Microsoft, the word “Windows” tend to invoke one of two things – a computer’s operating system, or the literal meaning of that transparent glass which ...

Sun 22 Jul 12 from Ubergizmo

UCLA creates transparent solar cell, dreams of current generating windows

Transparent photovoltaics have yet to grace the face of your smartphone, but don't give up hope -- UCLA researchers are working on a new see-through solar cell that's showing potential. Using ...

Sun 22 Jul 12 from Engadget

Highly Transparent Solar Cells Go On Windows

A new transparent solar cell is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside.

Mon 23 Jul 12 from Laboratory Equipment

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