12 Nov '17, 6pm

#SolarWindows Could Meet Nearly All of #America's #Electricity Demand

There's an estimated 5 to 7 billion square meters of glass surfaces in the U.S. For windows on homes, cars and buildings, these glass surfaces perform a few basic functions—letting light and fresh air in when open, and blocking bugs and keeping the cold out when closed. Now they could all serve another, altogether revolutionary, purpose—generating electricity. A new paper in the journal Nature Energy describes how transparent solar panels could be placed over all windows and transparent surfaces in the U.S. to generate energy and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. If that happens, nearly all the electricity demands of the U.S. could be met in conjunction with rooftop solar panels, and as long as storage capabilities are improved. "Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications," said Richard Lunt, leader author of the report at M...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/harvesting-invisible-light-solar...

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