JUL 28, 2017 8:44 AM PDT

Will We Soon Have Transparent Solar Panels?

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


Solar power is undoubtedly the future of renewable energy, but the problem with current solar panel technology is that it's dark and opaque.

If you're planning to get one of Tesla's solar roofs, then you're probably covered, but in cities where larger skyscrapers are much taller than they are wide, a simple solar roof won't be enough to power the entire building.

Engineers and researchers are working together to make something called a solar window more efficient at capturing sunlight and converting it into usable electric energy. They aren't as effective as opaque solar panels, but it's hoped that someday, that will all change.

They're infused with quantum dots that capture the Sun's energy and direct it towards solar cells at the bottom of the window pane.

These would be perfect for lining the sides of skyscrapers that see sunrises and sunsets because they'd always be in the light (except at night, of course). Moreover, you can still see through them like a window, which can't be said about solar cells.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 13, 2020
Neuroscience
Can COVID-19 Be Diagnosed by Vocal Patterns?
JUL 13, 2020
Can COVID-19 Be Diagnosed by Vocal Patterns?
Researchers from the Lincoln Laboratory have found early evidence that subtle changes in peoples' voices may indicat ...
JUL 16, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Turbulence: A Treat for Both Eyes and Minds
JUL 16, 2020
Turbulence: A Treat for Both Eyes and Minds
What do the air inside your lung, the tap water in pipes, the Great Red Spot of Jupiter, and the hurricane over the Atla ...
AUG 18, 2020
Space & Astronomy
First Visitor from Another Solar System Remains Unknown
AUG 18, 2020
First Visitor from Another Solar System Remains Unknown
An object hurtling through our solar system known as 'Oumuamua' is our first visitor from another solar sys ...
OCT 07, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Earth-Sized Rogue Planet Found Drifting Through Our Galaxy
OCT 07, 2020
Earth-Sized Rogue Planet Found Drifting Through Our Galaxy
A team of astronomers has found a lone planet the size of Earth drifting through the Milky Way. Known as a ‘rogue ...
OCT 22, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Why Do Galaxies Come in Different Shapes?
OCT 22, 2020
Why Do Galaxies Come in Different Shapes?
When looking it galaxies, it takes little to realize that they come in different shapes- whether they're swirling bl ...
NOV 12, 2020
Health & Medicine
Measles Cases and Deaths Surge Worldwide
NOV 12, 2020
Measles Cases and Deaths Surge Worldwide
Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a stat ...
Loading Comments...