June 29, 2004
Solar Spinach Power

If Popeye was as smart as Marc Baldo, he might have thought about using his photosynthetic food for electrical means. Baldo along with the other smarties over at MIT have come up with a better way to produce solar energy. The process uses the photosynthetic proteins between two layers of conductive material. Not surprising since that's basically what most plants do while they're sitting in the sun, but to harness this is no minor feat. The technique is still very beta since they only last 21 days, but at 12% energy conversion this is science not to be laughed at.

I just love that these scientists went back to their roots.

[Link via gizmodo]

Posted by nym at June 29, 2004 10:17 PM | TrackBack