UCLA Researchers Discover Transparent Solar Cells Generating Electricity

UCLA Researchers Discover Transparent Solar Cells Generating Electricity

"These results open the potential for visibly transparent polymer solar cells as add-on components of portable electronics, smart windows and building-integrated photovoltaics and in other applications”. Above are the statements of Mr. Yang Yang, a UCLA professor of materials science and engineering, who is claiming to have discovered new transparent solar cells capable of generating electricity too.

Mr. Yang Yang is also the director of the Nano Renewable Energy Center at California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). His team of UCLA researchers is confirming that the new transparent solar cells can give windows in homes and buildings the ability to generate electricity.

The above findings have been issued in the journal ACS Nano. They explain that the polymer solar cells (PSC) efficiently absorb infrared lights and with their help produce energy. Visible light rays are playing no role in the whole phenomena.

The new device has been built with a photoactive plastic, which has properties to convert infrared light into an electrical current. The cells are 70 percent transparent to the human eye.

Mr. Yang is also the holder of the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr., Endowed Chair in Engineering. He said that these polymer solar cells are more advantageous over solar cell technologies.

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