Marjan van Aubel mixes appeal of stained-glass windows, which people have appreciated for centuries, with latest in solar tech

Tech worshippers could soon be connecting to a higher power in more ways than one, with a solar-powered stained-glass window that can charge tech tools. Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel’s design New Creation uses glass that works like solar cells to top up digital devices.

New Creation features a pattern of different colored panes which are made with dye-sensitized solar cells. These pieces of glass use the properties of color to generate power, in the same way as photosynthesis in plants. They absorb daylight and can also harness diffused sunlight to store energy.

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