Ultra-thin concrete roof can harvest solar power

Oct 28, 2017, 5:18 AM EDT
(Source: Jeremy Levine/flickr)
(Source: Jeremy Levine/flickr)

A recent breakthrough by Swiss researchers may transform the way we harness solar energy to augment residential power in future.

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have developed ultra-thin concrete roofing, with external layers of photovoltaic cells, which can economically tap solar energy pushing homes to move towards renewables, notes Futurism.

The prototype, designed for a rooftop apartment unit called HiLo, has a peculiarly curved structure that ramps up efficiency without the need to install massive solar panels on the roof, writes Green Matters.