We are getting one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nano-particles. Researchers have developed silicon nano-particles into luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). LSC is the key of element of windows that collects solar energy. When light shines through the window the important frequencies of the light are stuck inside and concentrated to the edges.
Windows that can collect solar energy which is called photovoltaic windows is the next frontier in renewable energy technology. With having the possible chance to largely increase the surface of buildings suitable for energy generation without impacting their aesthetics. LSC-based photovoltaic cells are hidden in the window frame which means the LSC-based windows are not obligated to be bulky structure to be applied onto the surface. The photovoltaic cells are hidden in the window frame and blend invisibly into the built environment.
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