Tunable photovoltaics

German aerospace researchers took a comprehensive look at tunable solar cells to figure out which technology fits which applications best.  

The tuning capabilities in adjustable solar cells cover different aspects like transparency, color, thermal management, weight, and size.  On top of choosing the right cells, the team looked at small tweaks they could make, to each solar cell’s tiniest parts, so it could be the best fit for a certain kind of installation.

What’s great about this technology is that it can be made to fit aesthetic and functional considerations.  Possible applications include integrating solar cells into building exteriors, windows that generate power and let you see through, solar panels on vehicles, greenhouses, small sensors for internet of things applications, wearable electronics, and more.

Will this technology mean seeing more solar cells that don’t even look like them at all?  Let us know your thoughts.

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