20 Solar Cell Prototypes That Could Change the Future

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Solar Information Cells for Windows Photo
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Dye-sensitized solar cells are the low cost solar cells that could be our future -- and the results of the workshop "Sunny Memories" prove the opportunities to use them are endless.

Encouraged by the ongoing solar energy revolution, the EPFL+ECAL Lab along with major design colleges the California College for the Arts in the U.S., the Royal College of Arts in the U.K., Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne in Switzerland, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in France asked more than 80 students to come up with ideas using these cells.

The prototypes are divided into three groups: suitable for production today (I); designs based on current state of technology that could be produced in three years (III); and designs that could be feasible in 10 years (X).

First up is O-li-o by Kenny Hopper from the California College of Arts (X). His concept is based on solar information cells for windows that could display information such as date, time, temperature, and even airline travel updates through a wireless connection.

Photo copyright: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti & Daniela Droz.