On the visibility of active solar cells

The sun is a high-functioning and ever present energy source. At the same time it is hard to grasp. Light is volatile and conventional solar cells do not give an intuitive feedback indicating their activity. To make the vast power of the sun more accessible to people, “Reflex” enables silicon solar cells to give visual feedback. A photochromic layer applied to the front of the cells changes its colour under the influence of UV-light and thus communicates when the cells are actively converting energy. Additionally, the pattern and colour of the photochromic layer lift the cells up to be design elements themselves – solar elements that can be integrated into every building.

Manifest by Johanna Denecke

student:Johanna Denecke
project:the power of…