Thought for the month

“A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” Ovid, Roman Poet (43 BC – 17 AD).

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Solar cells for windows

A team at UCLA have developed a transparent solar cell that is an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. Based on the PEDOT:PSS polymer with a silver metal oxide composite electrode, the devices can exhibit a 66% transparency whilst simultaneously giving a 4% power conversion efficiency. The polymer solar cells are lightweight, flexible and can be produced in high volumes and at low costs.

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