Two scientists from the University of Warwick have built on the fundamental work of Tesla and Einstein to design double glazed solar panels. Dr Yorck Ramachers and Dr Gavin Bell have invented a product similar to the doubled glazed window.
What are double glazed solar panels?
Existing solar panels use two glass layers with a vacuum as a filler between the layers. Double glazed solar panels replace this vacuum with an inert gas, which acts as additional insulation.
These double glazed panels work by ejecting electrons when hit by sunlight. The free electrons travel through the inert gas and are trapped by the transparent exterior layer, which conducts electricity.
The new design is a step forward for solar technology and will help to improve solar generation methods. Dr Bell has suggested that the new panel will be beneficial for other green technologies, including turning heat into electricity.