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Ubiquitous Energy certifies 9.8% efficiency for transparent solar cell

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March 21 (Renewables Now) - US transparent photovoltaics (PVs) maker Ubiquitous Energy said on Wednesday that it has certified a record power conversion efficiency of 9.8% for a transparent solar cell.

The efficiency was certified by third-party test laboratory Newport Corporation. The cell in question uses the company’s ClearView Power technology and has an average visible transparency of 38.3%. The resulting light utilisation factor exceeds 3.75, Ubiquitous says.

“Architectural windows typically span the visible transparency range between 30% and 80%, making these solar cells ideal candidates to add to our product lineup for electricity generating windows,” commented CEO Keith Wilson.

The company said it is currently working with global glass partners in an attempt to scale up and commercialise its ClearView Power coatings for architectural windows.

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