(Yahoo!News) Swedish researchers have developed a form of ‘transparent wood' that could be used to build windows in future.
The material could be used in place of patterned glass to give rooms more privacy, letting light through but not being entirely transparent.
The new wood, developed by Scientists at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, could also be ideal for solar panels.
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"Transparent wood is a good material for solar cells, since it's a low-cost, readily available and renewable resource," explains Professor Lars Berglund from the Wallenberg Wood Science Center at KTH. "This becomes particularly important in covering large surfaces with solar cells."