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Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Posted By Beth Buczynski On September 26, 2012 @ 5:26 pm In carousel showcase,Environment,Green Technology,Innovation,News,Renewable Energy | No Comments

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Rooftop solar [1] installations are great for homeowners, or those with eco-conscious landlords – but what about the rest of us? Sharp [2] recently announced a break-through in home solar technology that could begin to answer that question. The company unveiled a transparent solar panel [3] that can be mounted on balcony railings or high-rise windows without obstructing the view.

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The innovative new panels (which will launch in Japan on October 1) are tinted black, but they’re semi-transparent. This allows them to be arranged and installed on surfaces other than the rooftop. According to a recent press release [4], each panel is made of laminated glass infused with photovoltaic cells, and they will deliver a solar power conversion efficiency of about 6.8-percent with a maximum output of 95 watts. This pales in comparison to efficiency rates [5] of traditional solar panels, but Sharp’s design is one of only transparent panels on the market and the company hopes to compensate with increased versatility.

The panel stands at 4.5-feet wide by 3.2-feet tall and is only 0.37 inches thick. When attached to a window or balcony railing, it will double as a heat shield, blocking sunlight that might otherwise lead to increased indoor cooling costs. Unfortunately, Sharp did not indicate plans to introduce the see-through solar panels in the USA, nor did they mention a price.

+ Sharp [6]

Via CNET [7]

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[1] solar: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar/

[2] Sharp: http://inhabitat.com/tag/sharp/

[3] solar panel: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[4] a recent press release: http://www.sharp.co.jp/corporate/news/120925-a.html

[5] efficiency rates: http://inhabitat.com/tag/solar-efficiency/

[6] + Sharp: http://sharp-world.com/index.html

[7] CNET: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57520125-1/sharp-reveals-see-through-solar-panel/

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