Scientists from Michigan University developed quite effective fully transparent photocells that can be used instead of glass in the windows of buildings, cars and electronics.
The transparent luminescent solar hub consists of a thin plastic material containing special organic molecules that can absorb infrared and ultraviolet rays, transforming them into electricity. Researchers can «configure» these materials, adjusting the working range. However, transparent photocells will always yield to ordinary options. At the moment they are able to convert a little more than 5% solar energy into electric, while traditional panels 15-18%.
According to scientists, the current technology efficiency is only one third of its maximum potential. Even despite the low level of transformation, with the global use of transparent solar panels instead of windows, they will be able to generate up to 40% of all electricity consumed, and in combination with traditional photocells on the roofs, this indicator can approach 100%.
Physics continue to improve the technology, seeking to achieve 15% of efficiency. They say that development can be applied not only in the windows of buildings. Transparent photocells can be installed in auto, electronics and on top of any smooth surfaces.
Earlier, we wrote about the development of flexible and durable