See-Through Solar Panels / Solar Windows From Sharp.

Sharp Solar Windows.  See-Through Solar Panels.Sharp Corporation is not the first to develop see-through solar panels but with their name recognition and ability to take advantage of economies of scale, hopefully they’ll be the most successful. Sharp’s semi-transparent solar panels are 4.5′ x 3.2′, 0.37-inches thin and have a solar efficiency of 6.8 percent. Their solar efficiency rating is low compared to standard opaque solar panels, that are in the 12-18% range, but these are windows and allow for solar power to be generated where rooftop solar may not be adequate or possible.

In addition to generating electricity, Sharp’s see-through solar panels will absorb a portion of the sunlight before it enters a room and in turn, reduce cooling costs. Now if Sharp can keep the price competitive, they may have a winner. [Crave]

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One Day, We Hope Everything Will Be Covered With Solar Panels Like The Blackfriars Bridge

Blackfriars Bridge Solar Panels - Solar CenturyThe Blackfriars Bridge in London is getting a makeover and part of that process is covering it with 6,000 sq. meters of photovoltaic panels from Solar Century. When it’s completed in 2012, the Blackfriars Bridge will be the largest solar array in London and the largest solar covered bridge in the world. The PV panels will provide 1/2 of the power needed to run the new Blackfriars railway station.

Solar panels are already being designed as roofing tiles, embedded in windows and replacing the normal aluminum covering used on parking structures. Applying solar as shade or covering could be the norm and projects like the Blackfriars Bridge is just another example. Here’s one more…

[youtube width=”325″ height=”244″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eot2kNt6rY[/youtube]Dog with solar panel: Dog gets a walk, owner charges cellphone. Recombu

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