24 Feb '12, 3am

“Invisible” Solar Panels are on the Way: Filed under: Energy News

“Invisible” Solar Panels are on the Way: Filed under: Energy News

Window gazers of the future may soon find themselves looking right through an energy-producing transparent glass solar panel, if the folks at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are on the right track. Working with the company New Energy Technologies, Inc., the lab has produced a transparent photovoltaic module that is 14 times bigger than its last attempt. Windows that double as solar panels At 170 square centimeters (about 26 square inches), the new module is about the size of a small window. If the technology can be ramped up to a more useful scale, practically any glass window could double as a clean energy generator, with the embedded photovoltaic cell all but invisible. The largest device of its kind produced at NREL, the new module represents a breakthrough in organic photovoltaic cell (OPV) technology according to a statement by Dr. David S. Ginley of NREL, wh...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/23/nrel-and-new-energy-p...

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