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The Daily Bruin :: UCLA researchers develops nearly transparent solar film that can generate electricity

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Black and bulky solar panels that rest atop many houses and buildings might disappear one day in favor of an energy-conducting film that can be applied to windows, thanks to a group of UCLA researchers.

The new solar cells, which can convert light to energy, are so thin they can be laminated and applied to windows or mobile devices, allowing homes and electronics to produce their own electricity while undergoing almost no change to their aesthetic appearance.

The width of the cells is 100 nanometers – far thinner than a sheet of paper.

The 70 percent transparent solar cells, derived from the plastic solar cells, have been in the making for two years. The research team, which is headed by Yang Yang, a professor of materials science and engineering, is now working with companies to bring the technology to the market.

Yang Yang is not new to the technology – he has worked with solar cells made of plastic for 10 years.

via The Daily Bruin :: UCLA researchers develops nearly transparent solar film that can generate electricity.

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