21 Apr '11, 3pm

Transparent solar cells can turn windows into solar panels, MIT researchers say

21 Apr 2011: Transparent Solar Cells Can Turn Windows into Solar Panels Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say they have created a new class of transparent photovoltaic cells that can turn windows into solar panels. Richard Lunt, a postdoctoral Geoffrey Supran/MIT Richard Lunt holds a new transparent cell researcher at MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, says the new photovoltaic cells have the potential to turn skyscrapers into enormous solar collectors that could supply much of the electricity needed in modern office buildings. Previous attempts to make transparent solar cells have either failed to achieve high efficiency or blocked too much light. But Lunt and his colleagues say the new transparent cells are built to absorb only the near-infrared spectrum and have the potential to transform light to electricity at relatively high effici...

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