When you think of solar panels, do you think of the large dark panels sitting on rooftops or in fields?
Think again, thanks to Michigan State University researcher, Richard Lunt, who developed transparent solar cells. These cells, which are see-through and could be placed on existing windows could eventually ensure all of U.S. energy demands are met through solar power.
Although not as efficient as the traditional solar panel, the ubiquity of glass windows help make them transparent solar cell a compelling option.
For more information, please check out Andy Henion’s article in MSU today.
Questions for Discussion:
- According to the article where can transparent solar cells be added?
- What type of light does the transparent solar cell convert to energy? How is this accomplished?
- Currently, what percentage of energy demand globally is met by solar power?
- Why is professor Lunt optimistic about the transparent solar cells?