Clever glassware collects solar energy all day

Every piece in The Energy Collection acts as a photosynthetic solar cell, transferring it to a battery when replaced on a special shelf

Imagine if every glass and jug in your home was able to absorb solar energy during the day, transferring it to a battery that could then be used to charge your phone or power a lamp. Well, imagine no more, because Royal College of Art student Marjan van Aubel has designed just that.

Each piece of glassware in The Energy Collection is a solar cell featuring a photovoltaic layer of dye. These colours work in a similar way to chlorophyll in plants, absorbing light and turning it into energy. When you place the glassware back on a matching bookshelf, this energy is moved to a battery for storage. You can then plug in USB devices for charging and power.

It’s a project rather than a product, unfortunately, so don’t expect this to be on sale at your local IKEA any time soon – but you can find out more over at Core77.

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