SolarSkin.  Color changing solar panels to blend into any surface

When it comes to solar panels, the industry has so far adopted the model: “you can have any color as long as it is black”. Now, a Boston company has developed technology to transform your roof into a palette of colors and patterns to generate electricity.

Starting next year, Sistine Solar will start selling “SolarSkin” panels, which will blend into the texture of your roof, imitating tiles, slates, wood, tiles or any other material. Solar panels will never look “ugly” on our roofs again.

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Company founders Senthil Balasubramanian and Ido Salama came up with the idea while studying business. They hope their product will convince users who have hesitated to buy standard blue-black solar panels for aesthetic reasons.

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The panels are available for pre-order, but sales will not begin until 2017.

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They added a layer on the panels that camouflages it, but also lets in the vast majority of sunlight, so the efficiency doesn’t suffer, leaving it at 15% – 17% (the same efficiency rate of the panel of average households). Although some solar panels are already practically 23%.

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This technology can reproduce almost any color or mimic any texture. It could even be used to create murals, although this is more than complicated.

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Personally I haven’t seen anything like it, the closest thing could be solar tiles or photovoltaic slate.


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