Wooden glass for windows and solar panels

Researchers from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology earlier this year announced the development of an “optically transparent wood”. Now, in a new study, engineers at the US-based University of Maryland have demonstrated that windows made of transparent wood could provide more even and consistent natural lighting and better energy efficiency than glass.

The team, headed by Liangbing Hu, shows that their transparent wood provides better thermal insulation and lets in nearly as much light as glass. It also eliminates glare and provides uniform and consistent indoor lighting. The findings advance earlier published work on their development of transparent wood.

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