A team of researchers at Flinders University in South Australia have developed a transparent solar cell using carbon nanotubes that can be sprayed into windows.
Dr Mark Bissett from the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Flinders University has led the development of the cell – which mimics photosynthesis – an alternative to traditional silicon-based solar cells.
As well as being able to be sprayed onto windows without blocking light, the cells are also flexible so they can be weaved into a range of materials, including fabric.
Although small prototypes have been developed in the lab, Mr Bissett said the next step would be to test the carbon cells on an industrial stage.
According to the research team, if all goes to plan, the material could be on the market within 10 years.