how can solar panels be transparent if they rely on absorbing light

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i saw an article about a new Garmin device utilizing transparent solar panels but how can they let light through if they need to absorb light to create energy
what happened in the solar panel-community?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

They absorb light, just less than a typical opaque solar panels.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

They absorb light, just less than a typical opaque solar panels.

[Minute Earth](https://youtu.be/qrZHKBOPy6Y) has a really nice video on the topic.

Anonymous 0 Comments

They absorb light, just less than a typical opaque solar panels.

[Minute Earth](https://youtu.be/qrZHKBOPy6Y) has a really nice video on the topic.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a newer type of solar cell that can be made transparent. Unlike traditional solar panels, DSSCs use a dye that absorbs light to create an electrical current. This makes them great for applications where transparency is important, like windows or smartphone screens. The Garmin device likely uses DSSCs to capture energy from the sun while still being able to see through the screen.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a newer type of solar cell that can be made transparent. Unlike traditional solar panels, DSSCs use a dye that absorbs light to create an electrical current. This makes them great for applications where transparency is important, like windows or smartphone screens. The Garmin device likely uses DSSCs to capture energy from the sun while still being able to see through the screen.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are a newer type of solar cell that can be made transparent. Unlike traditional solar panels, DSSCs use a dye that absorbs light to create an electrical current. This makes them great for applications where transparency is important, like windows or smartphone screens. The Garmin device likely uses DSSCs to capture energy from the sun while still being able to see through the screen.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The very, absolutely short and oversimplified version is that is absorbs non-visible light. Ultraviolet light, for instance, is essentially non-visible light, that is still there. This is why we call light a “radiation spectrum”, and it goes from infrared (heat) to ultraviolet (more harmful to humans).

Anonymous 0 Comments

The very, absolutely short and oversimplified version is that is absorbs non-visible light. Ultraviolet light, for instance, is essentially non-visible light, that is still there. This is why we call light a “radiation spectrum”, and it goes from infrared (heat) to ultraviolet (more harmful to humans).

Anonymous 0 Comments

They can never be perfectly transparent. But they can be made translucent at the cost of efficiency. Also, solar panels absorb light along a broad spectrum of wavelengths, so maybe theoretically one could be made that only absorbed above about 700 nm, the near infrared that we can’t see anyway.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The very, absolutely short and oversimplified version is that is absorbs non-visible light. Ultraviolet light, for instance, is essentially non-visible light, that is still there. This is why we call light a “radiation spectrum”, and it goes from infrared (heat) to ultraviolet (more harmful to humans).