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Tweaking quantum dots powers-up double-pane solar windows

Researchers are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and create shading and insulation for good measure.

double-pane solar window

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboraotry are creating double-pane solar windows that generate electricity with greater efficiency and also create shading and insulation. It’s all made possible by a new window architecture which utilizes two different layers of low-cost quantum dots tuned to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum. The approach complements existing photovoltaic technology by adding high-efficiency sunlight collectors to existing solar panels or integrating them as semitransparent windows into a building’s architecture.


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