Researchers at UCLA Develop See Through Solar Cells for Windows

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vrmlbasic

Hmm, if this blocked UV/infrared light travel bidirectionally than that could make for a pretty efficient window, leading to double savings. Less energy having to be bought to power climate control, and less need to control the contained climate due to superior insulation.

Though I'm sure it would take a zillion years for the savings with such windows to cause you to break even with the cost of them, and a zillion more years if you consider the "break even" cost to be the unsubsidized cost and excluding tax breaks for having them.

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shyguyyetnot

One week later, news headline: "Apple sues UCLA for solar technology patent infringement."

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Strayz

quick question.

What is the percent of effecentancy(sp) that the cells are, most commercially available cells are only 20-25%, I have a hard time seeing these being more than that with 70% of transmitted light passing through the cell.

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sundropdrinker3

There's visible light and INvisible light, ie infrared light, which is what is stated in the article. As to the efficiency, I have no idea. Is infrared light more efficient than visible light, or vice versa? I have no idea.

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DigitalNogi

Take THAT, Apple! Wait...

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bling581

It's a very cool idea. However the cost of replacing a broken home or car window would likely be significantly higher than regular glass. I guess it's not a bad trade off considering the environmental and financial savings.

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sundropdrinker3

How often do you replace your home and vehicle windows? I'm about to get my 3rd windshield(thanks rocks), but my insurance covers it. I've never had to replace a house window. I know that a storm(tornado, hurricane, etc) can break your windows, but insurance covers that. I also know random acts will break a window, but unless your luck is VERY bad, a new window every 10 years?

If I could shave $100 a month on power bill, then I'm in. $1200+ a year in savings.

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warptek2010

They didn't build that by themselves. A lot of other smart and hard working people did that.

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SPreston2001

Wow this technology has lots of potential!!

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henoch

konarka.com did it years ago

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chronium

Don't forget skyrise's. They would have just as big of an impact as cars would.

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USraging

I need to get the lenses replaced in my glasses to power my smartphone.

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bpstone

Totally. lol

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Refuge88

Or you could just upgrade to Google Glass.

Battery what battery?

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