This solar glassware collection is constantly at work: whether you’re drinking from your glass or have it resting on a table, it’s gathering energy from the light that surrounds it.
Each glass object comes with integrated solar cells, and when put away in their specially designed cabinet, the energy is transferred and collected in the structure. The cabinet then functions like a battery, through which you can charge and power your appliances indoors.
Within each piece of glassware is a photovoltaic layer of Dye Sensitised Solar Cell (DSSC). In these cells, properties of colour are used to create electrical currents of varied strength. Each colour has a unique wavelength and collects different currents; for example, purple is more efficient than blue.
Winner Material Prize 2012