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Transparent Solar Spray Transforms Windows Into Watts
Posted By Cameron Scott On August 10, 2010 @ 7:11 pm In Solar Power,Sustainable Building | 6 Comments
Photo by Robert S. Donovan 
Norwegian Company EnSol AS  has developed a remarkable new spray-on solar film that allows windows to generate solar power  without clouding the view. The material consists of metal nanoparticles  embedded in a transparent composite matrix that can be easily sprayed on. And the cells don’t just work on glass — they can be used on the rest of the house, too!
Inhabitat has brought you a number of technologies that make it possible to create ultra-thin solar cells , making them far more versatile . But there’s something particularly satisfying about EnSol AS’ new transparent spray-on solar film.
Lead researcher Christopher Binns of the University of Leicester  said, “The coating would be built into the windows or other materials as part of the manufacturing process. It could even be used on the roofs of cars to charge up batteries — although powering the vehicles themselves would probably be pushing it.”
Perhaps EnSol’s slogan should be Solar: It’s not just for rooftops  anymore. The cells achieve efficiencies of 20 percent (which is average) and the company claims they will be commercially available at a reasonable price by 2016.
+ EnSol AS 
Via Daily Mail 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/solarfilm-ed01.jpg
 Robert S. Donovan: http://www.flickr.com/photos/booleansplit/2420262479/
 EnSol AS: http://www.ensol.no/
 windows to generate solar power: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/09/solar-glass-generates-power-through-your-windows/
 nanoparticles: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=nanotechnology
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/nanocoating-ed01.jpg
 ultra-thin solar cells: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/12/nextgen-announces-cheap-solar-paint-on-the-horizon/
 versatile: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/06/new-production-process-boosts-cheap-solar-cells-efficiency/
 University of Leicester: http://www2.le.ac.uk/
 rooftops: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/14/coming-soon-dow-chemicals-ultra-efficient-solar-shingles/
 Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1301762/New-technology-turn-house-window-Britain-solar-panel.html
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