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Posted by RS Wood on August 9, 2015, 6:22 pm
From the «can you see me now?» department:
Title: Outfit your windows with transparent solar panels?
Author: Anonymous Coward
Date: Sat, 08 Aug 2015 10:55:55 -0400
Despite the immense potential of solar energy, at present, roof-mounted
photovoltaic panels are able at best to capture about 20% of the available
energy. And that despite research that has led to gains! To improve energy
generation, you either increase solar panel efficiency, or increase their
coverage. Enter a Silicon Valley startup named "Ubiquitous Energy."
Ubiquitous Energy produces transparent solar cells using an organic chemical
process they call "Clearview Power Technology." They claim their panels cost
less than traditional tech and can be built 1000x thinner than a human hair.
The system captures ultraviolet and infrared light and lets the rest pass
through as it would normally.
National Geographic has a look at the technology here.
Is this an important step forward in solar power generation, or does adding
windows to the mix constitute a gimmick? How do we get people more interested
in solar energy?
[Ed. Note: the article image chosen here is of an invisible solar panel placed
over the entirety of the text.]
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Posted by Lu Wei on October 9, 2015, 2:42 am
On 2015-8-10 2:22, RS Wood wrote:
I can see its aesthetic value and a small portion of market expectation.
But it will not make an important note, as the article said, "There is
generally a direct tradeoff between transparency and efficiency levels."