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An advancement to smart window technology incorporates luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) into window or windowpane designs. A team from Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering designed its foot-square “windows” by placing a conjugated polymer between two clear acrylic panels. The impetus for the integrated photovoltaics technique stems from a “smart glass” competition, and aims to solve energy generation and efficiency issues that face building structures.
In the window architecture, the thin middle layer absorbs light in a specific wavelength and guides it to panel edges that are lined with solar cells. Conjugated polymers are specific chemical compounds that are tunable by certain chemical…READ MORE