Solar power turns over a new leaf

Paul Raven @ 25-11-2008

autumn leafWhat do you get when you combine thin sheets of gold leaf and a protein found in spinach? You get an artificial leaf that can photosynthesise energy from sunlight. It’s not a highly efficient conversion rate yet – way behind the top-of-the-range silicon photovoltaics – but the simplicity of the design means it could become a much cheaper alternative. [image by angelrays]

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3 Responses to “Solar power turns over a new leaf”

  1. Nate says:

    Great post thanks for the info. Solar Panels are the way to go if you want to save resources

    Nice blog by the way…

  2. Nelson says:

    Gold? Cheaper? What the heck are they putting in normal solar panels?

  3. Paul Raven says:

    Thanks Nate; please stick to one link for your own site, please, as I’d rather not delete you for spamming.

    Nelson; I think very thin sheet gold is pretty cheap. It’s cheap enough to be used in a lot of electronics stuff already, for instance… and hell knows copper isn’t getting any cheaper.