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UCLA Transparent Solar Cells are in Development

By: Amelia Roblin - Published: • References: pubs.acs.org and engadget
A slew of exciting possibilities may come to mind when you get a glimpse of these innovative UCLA transparent solar cells. The range of objects and technologies to which they can be applied is broad and would usher in a new age of eco-friendly practices.

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles have so far worked out how to produce a panel at 66% transparency that can manage 4% energy conversion from the sun. The images show how even the previous cloudy-sounding number actually offers a remarkable clarity. Through continuing efforts, the UV-sensitive films and composite electrodes will surely get more limpid and you might find UCLA transparent solar cells integrated into windows and even smartphones.