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Transparent variant of solar cell plates developed

Solar panels can replace window panes.

Transparent variant of solar cell plates developed
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An international team of scientists led by Steven Forrest has created a new type of panel that transmits light by 50 percent. The panels are slightly tinted and will work presumably for 30 years.

The efficiency of the new development is 10 percent. At the same time, the efficiency of conventional silicon monocrystalline panel - up to 17 percent, and the life - 20-30 years. The study was published in Joule.

Instead of an opaque silicon wafer, thin fragments of patterned plastic are used between the organic and metal layers. Such plates can be used to glaze windows in residential buildings and offices and to generate electricity.

Scientists are sure that their development can become a revolution in the field of electricity generation.

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