Squeaky clean windows conduct solar energy

13 Nov 2010

Scientists have devised a way to absorb light and effectively generate energy through thin films placed on windows panes.

The material appears as mini-sized honeycomb-like cells and, as reported in Chemistry of Materials, remains largely transparent thanks to its tight density that packs in the hexagonal cells.

The thin films absorb light and generates an electrical charge, although energy harvesting of this manner will take some time to perfect.