Transparent Solar Cells

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Researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles (University of California, Los Angeles) have created a transparent solar cells ( solar cells ),
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which is an important step towards developing technology that will allow the future to cover the windows in buildings of various layers which produce energy, rather transparent when it is well to pass a street light. Scientific work was recently published in the journal ACS Nano. A team from the University of California gives a description of a new type of polymer solar cells (polymer solar cell, PSC), which generates energy by absorbing infrared radiation is mainly, but not visible light, so now the level of transparency in terms of human perception of almost 70 percent. The device was made of plastic photoactive, which converts infrared radiation into electrical energy. Polymer solar cells are attracting great attention from the energy industry, as they have significant advantages compared to other technologies for the production of solar cells. Scientists are actively investigating this type of solar cells is also due to the possibility of their use in other areas. For example, based on new technology, you can create high-transparent photovoltaic devices (photovoltaic, PV), including the PV-systems, built into the buildings, photovoltaic, and battery chargers for portable electronics. According to experts, the further improvement of polymer technology will increase the transparency of solar cells and begin their general introduction. In modern buildings, a significant portion of the area of the walls (and sometimes the roof) is occupied by windows, a coating of transparent photoactive components allow in the future to make the building much more volatile. In addition, the new polymer transparent solar cells have the traditional plastic properties such as light weight, flexibility and relatively high strength, so these elements can be installed in a compact and mobile electronic devices.

source:http://pubs.acs.org

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