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Transparent solar panels – the future of energy?

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The windows of the future can generate energy too!

The windows of the future can generate energy too!

We’ve just read about a very exciting breakthrough in the field of solar energy from the USA. A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that, when placed over a window, creates solar energy while still allowing people to actually see through the window.

“It opens a lot of areas to deploy solar energy in a non-intrusive way,” said Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering. “It can be used on tall buildings with lots of windows or any kind of mobile device that demands high aesthetic quality like a phone or e-reader. Ultimately we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there.”

Read the full article on sciencedaily.com.

Frack Free Ryedale asks why isn’t the UK government investing heavily in this kind of technology, instead of subsidising fracking companies to drill for more fossil fuels, which destroy the countryside, pollute the water and cause more climate change.

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  1. David Powley
    September 10, 2014 at 11:31

    It’s precisely this kind of research and development our government should be encouraging instead of further increasing our addiction to fossil fuels.

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