Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Applications of transparent solar-powered batteries.

Copyright 2015 Robert Clark

Translucent battery recharges itself with the sun.
Megan Treacy (@mtreacy)
Technology / Clean Technology
September 2, 2015

 Cool tech. This would have a great application to animated or video billboards that could work without an external power supply. In other words you could just paste them up on a wall or on a bus stop and they would work on their own. Here's an example that occurred to me. A recent logo that is supposed to represent climate change is this one:

 This is an animated gif. But the way it is usually presented in magazines and even commonly in online articles is the static jpeg:

 It is much less effective visually that way. That is why I think this would be a great application of a solar powered video billboard. You need the battery component so that it would also work at night. Even better would be if it could be all combined into a single circuity including the LED's providing the display.

 It would also work to combine this transparent solar cell:

Architects rejoice, your all-glass towers could become giant transparent solar cells.
Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter)
Technology / Solar Technology
August 25, 2014

with these transparent batteries:

Transparent lithium-ion batteries make sci-fi gadgets a reality.
By Sebastian Anthony on July 26, 2011 at 6:25 am

  Bob Clark


  1. It's kind of disturbing that the biggest use of this technology you can think of is "more effective propaganda signs."

  2. Thanks for the response. I'm open to other suggestions. For the example I gave I was just struck by how lacking the static image was compared to the animated image.

    Bob Clark

  3. I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post.

  4. How much time these batteries take to fully charged?
    Currently, I am using a solar pool heating solution and i am very happy with it, so considering to use these solar batteries as well.

  5. Hi fellas,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful article really!
    If someone want to read more about that transparent solar I think this is the right place for you!