Solar glass blocks could replace opaque panels

Aug 23, 2017, 3:52 AM EDT
(Source: Patrick Pelletier/flickr)
(Source: Patrick Pelletier/flickr)

We are still far from tapping the full potential of buildings basking in abundant sunshine through the day as solar panels remain restricted to rooftops.  A team of researchers at the University of Exeter has developed solar glass blocks that could soon replace opaque solar panels while delivering higher efficiency along with better insulation.

The blocks, named Solar Squared, are being developed by spinoff company Build Solar, which plans to launch the product sometime next year, writes New Atlas.

These blocks can be easily integrated into the existing walls and would harness solar power while letting the sunlight into the room, notes Tree Hugger.