The newly developed transparent luminescent solar concentrator can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface, says a group of scientists led by Dr Richard Lunt of Michigan State University.
This image shows a transparent luminescent solar concentrator module. Image credit: Yimu Zhao.
Research in the production of energy from solar cells placed around luminescent materials is not new.
Past efforts, however, have yielded poor results – the energy production was inefficient and the materials were highly colored.
Now Dr Lunt and his colleagues at Michigan State University have developed transparent luminescent materials that use small organic molecules to absorb specific non-visible wavelengths of sunlight.
“We can tune these materials to pick up just the UV… Read more