A huge step in solar energy technology is about to be taken! Scientists from the University of Michigan have developed a solar panel that is completely transparent and could be used in buildings as windows at the same time they’re producing energy.
This advance represents what it could be the beginning of a new era in solar energy since until now, fully transparent solar panels didn’t exist. It was thought that it was impossible that a transparent panel was able to retain photons coming from sunlight, which are needed to produce the energy.
This accomplishment was developed by using organic molecules that absorb wavelengths of light that the human eye is not capable to see, such as infrared and ultraviolet light, the ones that make it possible to build a solar panel that is completely transparent, indifference with usual panels that have a touch of color.
The researcher in charge of the discovery is Dr. Lunt, who is a professor in Engineering Faculty at the University of Michigan, and has declared that “If in the end, transparent cells are commercially viable, the energy they produce might significantly offset the consume of the energy of large buildings.”
Also, these transparent panels could not only be used as windows, but also in phones screen, car windows, and so on. This new technology can represent the end of the non-renewable energy era if a higher reach of efficiency is accomplished. Currently, the level of production of these panels is 1% approximately, in difference with the percentage of efficiency of the non-transparent solar panel of 25%.
Nevertheless, scientists of the University of Michigan are continually working to increase these numbers. They expect to create a panel with 5% efficiency or more that could be used for different applications.
Solar energy technology is growing non-stop and it continues expanding worldwide. This is the future of power generation definitively.
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