“The glass table surface contains a dye synthesized solar cell; based on photosynthesis it uses color properties to create an electrical current”
Like photosynthesis, it uses color properties to create an electrical current, unlike classic solar cells however, the colored cells do not require direct sunlight for power, they function under diffused light.
A dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC, DSC or DYSC) is a low-cost solar cell belonging to the group of thin film solar cells. The DSSC has a number of attractive features; it is simple to make using conventional roll-printing techniques, is semi-flexible and semi-transparent which offers a variety of uses not applicable to glass-based systems, and most of the materials used are low-cost.
Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel has created ‘the energy collection’ a collection of everyday objects that absorb energy from daylight.