With a new development by an engineer at Michigan State University, soon a sky scraper could generate enough energy from its windows to supply all of the energy it needs. Researcher Richard Lunt, of Michigan State University, has been able to do what many have tried in the past, making a fully transparent solar concentrator. This new technology, within the next couple of years, could change the face of solar energy and global business. This new technique could change the windows in any building or the glass face on a mobile device into a solar power harvesting application.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the current solar panels is the eye sores that they cause, but now with advancing technology, you would not even notice this new way to deploy solar energy. With the new advancement, buildings would look identical to how they do now. New buildings would be built with the new glass solar concentrators in them and older buildings could have a form of a laminate product inserted onto the windows that would conduct solar energy. All of this would come without obstructing the view.
"We can turn our solar farms into solar cities," said Lunt in a interview with an MSU blog. The real world application for this technology could change how many industries in the world operate and how many cities and countries run. From having self-sufficient powered buildings, to applying this new solar concept to automobiles, the demand for oil could be decreased. More than just the energy industry would be impacted by this innovation. Some immediate impacts would be on energy, technology, mining, construction, and consumer products industries, but eventually this new development could impact every industry around the globe.
The future is clear with this new technology, using transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC) to make see-through solar cells an application of today. Keep up to date on new technology application affecting international business and other areas of global business on the globalEDGE blog. Reply below with your comments on how you think this new technology could shape the business world.