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Colored Solar Panels Bring New Light To Renewable Energy

By Brian Spaen

Why are solar panels always colored with a shade of blue or black? It’s a question that’s likely crossed your mind at some point and you didn’t even realize it. We’ve seen some manipulation with photovoltaic cells, such as Tesla’s Solar Roof and the transparent window solar cells. However, those blue and black tints have always been dominant colors in the industry, but not for much longer.

Researchers from the Netherlands may have found a way to manufacture traditional solar panels with multiple colors. Giving people an option instead of the default blue would make them more attractive to businesses. For example, a different color like green, red, or white could blend in with the theme of the building or company.

Verena Neder, one of the researchers at AMOLF and the lead writer of the report, told NBC News MACH that the default colors prevent people from installing them on their homes. Alternate colors could also adapt to our environment better: “The black appearance of the [conventional] solar panels is not attractive for many people and a reason to not put solar panels on their rooftop. Making solar cells colored makes it possible to integrate them in an architectural design of houses and full cities, but also to merge them in the landscape.”