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Brief Published: 7 Feb 2012

Bio Solar Panels

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A researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US has made an exciting breakthrough in the field of solar technology. Andreas Mershin’s work carries the promise of inexpensive, environmentally friendly solar power, using a simple concoction of grass clippings and a bag of custom chemicals.

Mershin and his team have pioneered the process of hijacking the molecules responsible for photosynthesis from grass clipping waste, and stabilising them so they continue to operate in a solar panel.

Currently, the system is capable of converting 0.1% of the sun’s energy into electricity – an improvement on previous bio-photovoltaic systems. But that percentage will need to be increased before the technology can be useful.

Andreas Mershin

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