Japanese researchers have developed almost transparent solar panels

Japanese researchers have developed almost transparent solar panels

To turn their windows into solar panels? This idea may not be so far-fetched, according to studies by a team of specialists from Tohoku University. They have been able to create photoelectric elements from materials with a transparency of 79 per cent, which opens up a wide range of applications: windows, windshields from cars or even human skin, researchers claim.

"," says Tohoku University's statement. So it's the materials that are the key to their research.

Theoretically, these new transparent photoelectric elements can be placed on many surfaces: windows, car windshields, or even, as the university notes, human skin.

The researchers used olium indium oxide to manufacture these photo-elements. This is one of the most widely used transparent conductive oxides. They also used tungsten dysulphide. ", says the university.

Transparency, however, is not the only advantage of these new photoelectric elements, and scientists say that they are also extremely effective: "", stresses Toshiaki Kato, the author-songwriter, and the Associate Professor at the University of Tohoku High School of Engineering.

Now the team is working on how these photoelectric cells can be integrated into real solar batteries. Even if solar cells are functional at the individual level, this does not mean that they can be multiplied by maintaining efficiency. "" scientists explain. They have already started to investigate the problem and have shared some successes: "", says Toshiaki Kato.