Eco Tech: Sun-free solar power surpasses conventional solar output

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Eco Factor: Solar panels capable of harvesting artificial light developed by New Energy Technologies.

Installing rooftop solar panels to make a single home go off-grid is easy. However, using the same technique in skyscrapers isn’t feasible because the roof area available for PV panels isn’t much to power the entire building underneath. New Energy Technologies has come up with a solution – allow solar panels to harvest artificial light which is in abundance in offices and commercial skyscrapers.

The company‘s new solar panels installed in their transparent SolarWindow™ generates electricity by using visible light offered by fluorescent lighting typically installed in offices and commercial buildings. During tests conducted on a 1”x1” substrate, the new panels achieved 8-times more power than copper-indium-selenide and 10-times more power than thin-film amorphous-silicon solar panel, without any natural light from windows.

Via: CleanTechnica

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