Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

by | Sep 1, 2015

MIT spin-off is producing highly transparent, efficient solar cells in its Silicon Valley pilot production facility.

Solar energy that doesn’t block the viewLast year, a team of researchers at Michigan State University demonstrated a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. They called it a transparent luminescent solar concentrator.

One year later and spun out of MIT, Ubiquitous Energy is producing highly transparent, efficient solar cells in its Silicon Valley pilot production facility in Redwood City, CA. Ubiquitous Energy has raised over $8 million to date and has won numerous awards for its business and technology, including National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants, a Fraunhofer-Techbridge U-Launch Award, a MassCEC MTTC Catalyst Award, and the MIT Clean Energy Prize Renewables Category.

Co-Founder and CEO, Miles Barr: “We look forward to demonstrating ClearView Power’s potential as an efficient energy source for a range of electronic devices that include wearables, tablets, and digital signage.”

Implemented as a fully transparent film that covers a device’s display area, ClearView Power technology transmits light visible to the human eye, while selectively capturing and converting ultraviolet and near-infrared light into electricity to power the device and extend its battery life.

Numerous attempts to develop see-through solar cells have resulted in only modest transparencies. In contrast, ClearView Power is the first truly transparent solar technology that can overlay the surface of an electronic display without affecting device performance or display clarity. We really can be excited about the innovations this technology will bring.

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