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Old 06-16-14, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default Dyeing to Boost Solar Efficiency by 50%

This is something new and interesting.

edit: Just looked up the company. It looks like they aren't around anymore. Too bad, the technology sounded very interesting.

The technology is neither complex or difficult to manufacture. All you need is a window frame laced with solar panels and an ordinary pane of glass or plastic. Apply the proper ratios of organic dyes and you’re ready to go. The finished product looks like smoked glass and could be used on rooftops or solar farms. Future improvements could bring them to ordinary windows.


This technology can be applied to existing photovoltaic panels to boost their efficiency by as much as 50% with minimal additional cost. Upgrading existing solar panels will not only boost their energy output, but shift their cost/energy ratios. That means that even older, more expensive solar installations could become more competitive with non-renewable energy sources.

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Old 06-16-14, 07:34 PM   #2
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What you are talking about here is a new technology, similar to thin-film PV. Believe you me, this technology hasn't died. It has been integrated into thin-film mfg processes to try to boost efficiency.

This idea was also stolen by the mfr's of organic LED displays. It is a bleeding-edge, ultra new direction in the industry. Everyone is racing each other to produce products that will actually live up to the claims and survive a few years. The main theme is that what you shine light on to generate electricity can also be fed electricity to produce visible light. The claims are high, as are the stakes. Samsung and LG have eaten dozens of little dogs on their way to market already.

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