Solar cell lenses give these shades a charge

Over the years Ive seen concepts of solar-powered sunglasses come and go, but the dream of for some reason wearing solar panels on my face has remained elusive until today. Genius engineers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have successfully made a pair of shades with organic solar cell lenses and you dont even have to stare directly at the sun for them to work. The lenses have been cut like ordinary glass or plastic to fit in a commercial frame, and are similarly light and transparent. Organic solar cells arent particularly efficient, but they are flexible and versatile, able to be put in situations where a rigid, opaque cell isnt an option. The Solar Glasses we developed are an example of how organic solar cells may be employed in applications that would not be feasible with conventional photovoltaics, said Dominik Landerer, a PhD student at KIT who worked on the […] Read more »