Builders could one day be installing windows in homes and offices that double up as see-through solar panels, after scientists in America this week announced a breakthrough in cell technology. The team at the University of Michigan have designed a colour-neutral, transparent solar cell that boasts an efficiency of 8.1 per cent, which they claim is a new record. A traditional solar panel is about 15-20 per cent efficient at converting solar energy into electricity but is almost completely opaque. Buildings with glass facades are usually have a special coating to help reflect and absorb sunlight, to stop buildings getting too hot. Scientists are aiming to design panels that can snatch that excess energy away and turn it into electricity to power the building, while still maintaining office workers’ views.
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Planning permission has been secured for a new 50MW solar and battery storage project near Swindon that will be built without government subsidies. Swindon Borough Council granted approval to Pegasus Group on behalf of JBM Solar for the project, which is expected to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 15,500 homes every year. Pegasus Group said the site near Stanton Fitzwarren will be capable of dual-use farming during its operational period, with small livestock able to graze the land between the solar panels.
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