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Intelligent Windows

Solar energy as seen through the windows of the future.

The mechanism is simple. Whether clear or coloured, these special plates absorb the sun’s light and re-emit it at a longer wavelength. The radiation gravitates towards the edges, as in an optical fibre, making them luminescent. Small photovoltaic cells then transform the radiation received into electricity.


This video showcases the first greenhouse built entirely of LSC panels. It was presented at the most recent Maker Faire in Rome and is one possible application for this innovative solar technology. From greenhouses to photovoltaic windows and noise barriers, whenever transparency is required LSC responds.

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Our researchers have the ingenuity to invent new materials, technologies, processes and policies. But for their work to reach the marketplace and make an impact on a global scale, we count on creative partnerships with visionary firms like Eni. We are inspired and grateful that Eni has chosen to sustain this productive collaboration.

Rafael Reif, MIT President

Renewables and energy storage, decarbonisation and safety in the workplace. Eni and MIT are working together on the transition to a "low-carbon" and safe energy model. The technologies resulting from this collaboration will change the way we produce and consume energy. Marco Bistolfi, R&D external co-operations manager, and Massimiliano Pieri, vice president for co-operation with MIT, discuss the results of a mutually-beneficial alliance that has been in place since 2008.

When academia and industry work together