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See-through Solar Panels

A transparent luminescent solar concentrator created by researchers at Michigan State University will generate energy and not obstruct the view. This is achieved because the concentrator captures ultraviolet and infrared light without absorbing light in the visible spectrum. The captured light is directly to the edges where it is made into electricity. Currently it has a solar conversion efficiency of about 1 percent. The researchers are aiming for 5 percent, while current colored concentrators have an efficiency of about 7 percent. Learn more: Solar Energy That Doesn’t Block The View.

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