DailyDirt: Looking Through Better Windows

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Glass is a material that has been known to people since before 2000 BC (and as far back as 3500 BC). It’s everywhere now. We even carry around smartphones with glass touchscreens. But until we come up with “transparent aluminum” to replace glass (that’s not just transparent to extreme UV light), we’re still working with silica and certain polymers to make cool transparent materials. Here are just a few examples demonstrating the future of windows.

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Anonymous Coward says:

“Unfortunately, only opaque solar cells can maximize the amount of light energy converted into electricity”

actually, the visible spectrum of light is very small, you can have very efficient PV’s that are transparent to visible light and be highly efficient.
the problem with OPV’s is their lifespan, far too short for effective manufacturing energy payback.

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