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Solar Panel that you can see through?

  1. Dec 19, 2014 #1
    can you tell me if it is possible to make a solar panel that will let some light through and still capture the wavelength that makes electricity? or better yet see through.
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  3. Dec 19, 2014 #2

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  4. Dec 23, 2014 #3
    you need to get the energy by absorbing light at wavelengths that are mostly not within the visible spectrum, and let the photons in the visible spectrum pass through, mostly unimpeded and without applying weird filtering that makes the colors look off.

    Of course, that will make it inefficient, as the eye evolved in order to see best with the sunlight, so you're letting most of the energy pass through.
  5. Dec 23, 2014 #4


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    I this case "inefficient" is good if you're wanting a dark/tinted window anyway.
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