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This Solar-Powered Stained Glass Can Charge Your iPhone

Call it a sustainable halo effect. Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel's new Current Window, stained glass that works like solar cells, may turn the colorful artwork adorning churches into a glowing symbol of eco-awareness, all while charging your phone mid-mass. Made with dye-sensitized solar cells, which utilize different colors of light to generate energy like chlorophyll, the multi-hued glass offers a forward-thinking take on a classic architectural element. "Harvesting power with an old design element really creates this awareness of energy use and the environment," she says.

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