Solar cells are intended to mimic the photosynthesis of plants — converting light into energy in the most efficient manner possible. But what other characteristics of plants could be handy for the renewable energy sector to mimic? How about the self-assembly of chloroplast, the component of plants that do all the vital photosynthesis. Leaves repair themselves after sun damage again and again to keep up their ability to convert light into energy. Now, MIT researchers believe they’ve discovered how to use this self-assembly to restore solar cells damaged by the sun.
“To recreate this unique regenerative ability, the MIT team devised a novel set of self-assembling molecules that use photons to shake electrons loose in the form of electricity. The system contains seven different compounds, including carbon nanotubes that provide structure and a means to conduct the electricity away from the cells, synthetic phospholipids that form discs that also provide structural support, and other molecules that self-assemble into “reaction centers” that actually interact with the incoming photons to release electrons.”
Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
reply to post by Stop-loss!
Yeah, I don't know about specific examples of technological suppression, but I'm sure it happens all the time for economic reasons. I was talking to my dad awhile back (I forget on what subject exactly) but we were saying how cool it would be if we could invent something on par with the usefulness of this, and then sell it to big oil or someone like that for them to bury so we could retire :p It's an amusing pipedream for us, but I'd be shocked if stuff like that doesn't go on in the technological world.
I really hope this technology pans out; it would have all kinds of uses. However, I worry that for whatever reason, it won't. Anyone remember solar cell paint? I read about that a few years ago, but I haven't seen one thing come of it yet. Maybe it has and I'm just not aware of it. I'm hoping in 5 or 10 years I'm not saying to somebody in another thread, 'Hey, remember those self-assembling solar cells? Too bad those never saw the light of day.'
Originally posted by EvolEric
The uses for this sort of technology would be awesome for Spaceship use...
But think about it for remote cities around the world...
places that do not have power plants supplying their electricity...
heck... if they even have electricity...
a great step forward in my opinion... something that actually could benefit mankind
I would like to have a bunch of this stuff... so when the apocalypse happens...
and society ends... I can still use my microwave and Bunn coffee pot
ohhhhh I would prolly have nothing to microwave or any coffee left
but still wouldnt mind a bunch of this installed on my home