Friday, May 10, 2013

New Energy discovery boosts performance of see-through solar cells

USA: New Energy Technologies Inc., a developer of see-through solar cells for generating electricity on glass windows, has announced that researchers have successfully achieved faster fabrication time, improved transparency, and a two-fold increase in power conversion efficiency.

Researchers achieved today’s advances by way of a novel, patent-pending breakthrough, which enables fabrication of large-scale mini-module SolarWindow devices, important to commercial deployment of the world’s first-of-its-kind glass window capable of generating electricity.

Generating electricity on glass windows is possible when New Energy researchers spray ultra-small, see-through solar cells on to glass surfaces. These novel spray-on techniques have been pioneered, advanced, and unveiled in operating prototypes by scientists who initiated early research efforts with New Energy Technologies under a Sponsored Research Agreement at the University of South Florida (USF).

The company’s SolarWindow technology has since progressed significantly beyond early research, and is now in advanced product development.

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