Turning windows into transparent solar panels

Discussion in 'Architecture & Engineering' started by Plazma Inferno!, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    Cambridge-based startup Polysolar is developing see-through panels that can be designed into buildings, greenhouses and canopies. Their goal is covering as much of the building as possible with photovoltaics.
    Traditional solar panels have to point directly at the Sun. Polysolar’s panels, however, can be used on walls, rather than tilted-south facing surfaces, because, according to the developers, they are good at scavenging low level, non-directional ambient light.

    http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/arc...lysolar-startup-solar-panels-renewable-energy

    I don't know, but idea of placing solar panels as windows seems illogical and inconvenient, despite what company says.
     
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  3. Q-reeus Valued Senior Member

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    Agreed. It's what happens when 'brainstorming sessions', driven by the need to find some new niche in a distinctly overcrowded field, let imagination overtake pragmatism.
    Of course if said solar PV panels can be made super cheap and super robust, cough cough, all bets are off.
     
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