See-through solar panel breakthrough could lead to self-powered smartphones

Researchers at South Africa’s University of the Free State and Belgium’s Ghent University have developed a working model for glass that shifts non-visible light to a solar panel.

Using certain phosphor materials in glass, a pane can let visible light through while redirecting ultraviolet and infrared rays to small solar panels mounted at the sides.

If it comes to fruition, it could dramatically reduce the problem of solar power’s inefficiency by making panels far more ubiquitous (though we wouldn’t always know it).


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