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Brief Published: 4 Jul 2012

RCA Show 2012: The Energy Collection


The Energy Collection, designed by London’s Royal College of Art graduate Majan Van Aubel, is a range of glassware that absorbs solar energy and converts it into electrical energy. Once the glasses are placed in a specially designed cabinet, which acts as a battery, the energy collected can power small electrical appliances such as a mobile phone or lamp. 

Each glass contains a dye-synthesised solar cell that emits an electrical current when exposed to sunlight. The technology was invented by Michael Graetzel, director of the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and is based on the process of photosynthesis in plants. 

Look out for further coverage of the RCA Show 2012, coming soon. 

Majan Van Aubel

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