The problem with glass skyscrapers is related to heat leaks in cold weather and extreme high temperatures in the summer, which increases the need for air conditioning as people are not allowed to open windows. Nextgen are currently developing highly efficient, flexible organic solar cells that support efforts for decentralised energy generation and power consumption. PolyPower is developed at a nano level with transparency and flexibility, which means it had the exciting potential to be applied as a semi-transparent thin layer to the surface of a skyscraper and its windows, allowing power generation, lighting and temperature control. By investing in nanotechnologies for solar panels, it is possible to move forward in the sustainability mission by reducing air pollution in big cities exponentially. Most importantly, by aggressive investment in these technologies now, it might be possible to reduce carbon emissions well ahead of 2050 — allowing us a much-needed breath of fresh air in cities like London and New York.
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