14th August 2017

New Mexico company licenses innovative solar panel technology from two Washington universities

Groundbreaking solar panel technology developed at two Washington universities has been licensed by a company out of Los Alamos, N.M., and could signal a shift in the way energy is collected from the sun. The luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) technology panels were created at Western Washington University’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center in partnership with the University of Washington. Nanotechnology development company UbiQD has signed an exclusive agreement with the schools. The panels are partially transparent and lightweight, unlike typical heavy opaque solar panels. This could enable windows or other surfaces, such as building facades, to become solar collectors, according to a news release from WWU.