University-Business Partnership Look to Develop Novel Solar Thin Film

Transparent film developed by the University of Leicester could be more effective than PV panels
Scientists from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester, UK, are collaborating with Norwegian company EnSol AS to develop a thin, transparent, PV film for application to large surface areas. The innovative film was developed using metallic nanoparticles embedded in a transparent composite matrix. The nano film, which slightly reduces the transparency of glass, is applied either by paint or spray onto any flat surfaces, such as a roof or window. The university and company hope to have the thin film at the commercialization stage within the next six years.

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