Innovation of the Year I

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Transparent Solar Technology

Dr. Richard Lunt

Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science

Transparent solar concentrators can be deployed on existing infrastructure to discretely harvest solar energy. Former attempts at transparent photovoltaics have fallen short, coloring or dimming the light that passed through them. Now, new solar materials can be installed on nearly any transparent surface without affecting the incoming light.  Small organic molecules within the concentrator can be tuned to absorb only non-visible wavelengths, allowing natural visible light to pass through. Solar power is converted to electricity by thin photovoltaics strips. This technology is a flexible and inconspicuous means of harvesting solar energy that can be integrated onto building windows and mobile electronic displays.

MSU Technologies is pleased to recognize Dr. Lunt and his team for their research and innovations.