Transparent Wood

Is the future of glass in danger? A genius new development in Sweden might boot glass to the side as a suitable material for the manufacture of solar panels. At Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, researchers have created a transparent wood material that can be mass produced by utilizing a process of chemical treatment and “nanoscale tailoring.”

This transparent wood is cost effective and comes from a renewable resource, possibly making it preferable to glass in the future. The panels produced using this method can be used for a multitude of projects that currently use glass, such as solar panels and windows.

This incredibly versatile product’s many benefits include:

  • Sustainability
  • Durability
  • Low density
  • Low thermal conductivity
  • Multi-functionality
  • Ability to be mass produced

The researchers are still working on refining the process, in the hopes that they can increase transparency, hasten the manufacturing process, and experiment with different types of wood.

Even with this ingenious product, glass will still have a special place in our hearts!

To read more about this amazing advancement in construction materials visit the original article at AlphaGalileo.