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Teen invents £23 solar panel;could solve world's energy needs

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posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 07:34 PM
Here is a debunking site:
Edward Craighy: Nepal Human Hair Solar Panel Hoax

1. The R.A. Fischer test did not test for photovoltaic properties of hair.
2. The R.A. Fischer test did not reproduce the Nepalese panel design.
3. Craig's test did not reproduce the Nepalese panel design.
4. Craig's test does not appear to have a ligtht source close by as shown in the photographs of the Nepalese panel.
5. Craig does not provide a means of communication. Maybe he will read this.

[edit on 10-9-2009 by HermesII]

posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 08:43 PM

I called BS first, then I get flamed...

I'll just let these "news" fool people from now on. It's natural selection =p.

And oh yah, who here would want to use hair for a solar panel.

[edit on 9/10/2009 by die_another_day]

posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 11:28 PM

Originally posted by die_another_day
And oh yah, who here would want to use hair for a solar panel.

If the melanin had adequate semi-conductive and photoelectric properties, replacing the need for silicon and higher costing solar panels, why the hell wouldn't you use it?

3. Even if the students have produced a cuprous oxide solar cell using a hair mat saturated with salt water, I doubt the cell could provide 9V at 18W as claimed. For this reason, I still suspect the unit contains a hidden silicon solar panel.

The author hasn't actually used or witnessed this boys solar panel first hand, he goes off a photo. It also seems the author is quite unsure as to what the boy may have done to turn hair into an adequate semi-conductor.

Conclusion: It is not possible to use human hair in any configuration to generate electrical energy when exposed to light.

So basically he writes a whole bunch of scientific debunking based on what he "thinks" he knows...when he hasn't even considered 99% of the configurations that might be possible...

[edit on 10/9/09 by CHA0S]

posted on Oct, 3 2009 @ 01:42 PM

Originally posted by die_another_day
Are you #ting me? Do you guys actually think that this is real? It's the DAILY MAIL.

Plants LIVE off of photosynthesis, and they only have a MAXIMUM of 3% efficiency.

Our pigments are only there to absorb necessary energy for warmth and some low power chemical reactions.

You will probably need a ton of hair to power a light bulb.

Don't worry, my pubes can power the earth for atleast a couple of days.

posted on Oct, 16 2009 @ 02:31 PM
Gizmag contacted the Kenyan inventor. Is there something in the hair?

Gizmag managed to track down team member and inventor of the cell, 18 year-old Milan Karki and asked about the project.

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