Transparent solar technology is the ‘wave of the future’

See-through solar-panels have the potential to produce 40 percent of U.S. electricity demand.

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The transparent solar materials pioneered by engineering researchers at Michigan State University when applied to windows can harvest as much power as bigger, heavier rooftop solar units.

According to the authors of the research, the solar panels could nearly meet U.S. electricity demand and reduce the use of fossil fuels, reported Science Daily

“Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” said Richard Lunt, the Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at MSU.

“We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices can provide a similar electricity-generation potential as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics,” he further added.

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