Researchers have created a translucent lithium-ion battery-solar panel that recharges itself with sunlight, fusing battery storage with renewable energy generation. The team first developed a translucent battery, which was connected to a storage device, a few years back, but in order to make the leap, they made small modifications to the machine’s material makeup. This new hybrid device’s panel tints to allow for energy capture when exposed to sunlight. Once fully charged, the panel becomes clear again. Continue reading for another video and more information.
“The researchers envision the battery-solar panel as the material used to create smart windows, which generate and store electricity. The invention could also be incorporated into screens on electronic devices. As long as the sun shines, you would never have to worry about charging your phone again. Or you could bring a TV into a meadow and watch Broad City in the great outdoors. The possibilities are endless,” according to Inhabitat.