Soon, home windows to generate power

Researchers claim to have developed a new transparent solar cell, which enables home windows to generate electricity in high volume at low cost.
The new kind of solar cells produce energy by absorbing mainly infrared light, not visible light, making the cells 66 per cent transparent to the human eye, allowing people to see the view outside.
The advantages of these so-called polymer solar cells (PSCs) are that they are lightweight and flexible and can be produced in high volume at low cost.
Researchers made the device from a photoactive plastic that converts infrared light into an electrical current.
Another breakthrough is the transparent conductor, which replaces the opaque metal electrode used in the past.

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