We're One Step Closer To Transparent Solar Windows For CarsDamon Lavrinc8/25/14 7:00pmFiled to: solarenergytech3312EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkResearchers at Michigan State University have created a new type of solar concentrator that sucks up the sun's rays but – and this is the important part – it's transparent. That puts us one step closer to making our windows solar collectors, although we're still not there quite yet. First off, this isn't the first time we've seen concentrators that can be applied to glass without dramatically affecting visibility. Spray-on cells and thin films and all manner of really cool research projects have attempted to make our windows (or mobile phones, high-rise buildings, you name it) capable of collecting solar power without screwing with transparency. But in order to collect that juice, some of the light has to be stopped from getting through the glass. It's just physics, which is why this new technology from MSU is so interesting.