Solar system: Glassware generates home power

27 : 06 : 2012 Glass : Charging : Household

UK – What if every household object acted as a solar cell? This is the question that inspired Royal College of Art graduate Marjan van Aubel to create The Energy Collection, a series of glass vessels that absorb daylight to generate electricity.

Each piece of glassware contains dye-sensitised solar cells that produce electricity by converting energy from light absorbed by the dye.

On the bottom of each piece is a copper ring, which, when placed on a copper circuit on a shelf, turns the furniture into a battery. Electronic devices such as phones and lights can be plugged into USB ports in the shelving unit to charge or use.

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the implications their consumption habits have on the environment. Using solar power in the home is one way for them to reduce their carbon footprint. Find out more in our Footprint Futures microtrend.

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