American company Ubiquitous Energy are improving solar technology by developing solar to be completely transparent. Being as thin as laminate, the see-through solar cells will absorb invisible parts of the solar spectrum – ultraviolet and infrared radiation.
Although the technology hasn’t become efficient and cost effective enough to hit the market, however if they are able to successful in achieving their goal, then these solar cells would become a part of any glass or plastic surface.
This could also be a part of building houses and skyscrapers that will allow the building to draw power from the sun instead of the limitations of solar panels today.
Additionally, the solar cells could sit invisibly on smartphones which would then allow the phone to charge itself under natural or artificial light.
The idea of renewable technology being the future continues as the development in progress is always encouraging to see. Although the development is not quite there yet, the future does look very promising and exciting.