Sharp Corporation announced on Monday that it will produce translucent solar panels beginning July 31. Besides generating electricity, Sharp’s solar panels can also be used as part of a building as an alternative for window panes or wall exteriors made from glass material. The solar panels, costing from 200,000-250,000 yen (approx. $2,000-2,500), can also be used as a door awning or balcony partition.
The tiny cuts in the solar cells give the solar panel its translucent feature. According to Sharp, they will release two kinds of translucence; one is more translucent while the other is less so. The less translucent solar panels are designed to produce more power, while the more translucent solar panels have lower capacity to produce power. The degree of a solar panel’s translucence is achieved depending on the cuts made on the solar cells.
Besides difference in the degree of translucence, Sharp said that their solar panels come in three different sizes. Each size also corresponds to amount of watts of electric power. All panels are a hundred centimetre in length but the width determines its difference from the rest. One type of solar panel is 70 centimetre in width and can generate 39-46 watts. Another panel measures 100 x 115 cm and is able to generate electricity ranging from 66 to 77 watts. However, the type of panel that can generate the highest electric power is the one that measures 100 x 140 cm. Such type can generate electric power from 80-95 watts.
[via Asahi Shimbun]