06 Feb '12, 11am

Grass Clippings to Solar Panels — Biophotovotaics: Filed under: Energy News

Grass Clippings to Solar Panels — Biophotovotaics: Filed under: Energy News

This post was originally published on Climate Progress and has been reposted with permission. It’s chore day. You’ve raked the leaves, taken out the recycling, and emptied out the old junk in your garage. But wait — don’t toss it all out! You have all the ingredients for your very own homemade solar system. If new advances in “biophotovoltaics” research are any indication, you may someday be able to create your own solar “goo” from plant matter and apply it to metal or glass. A group of researchers has found a way to break down plant matter, isolate photosynthetic molecules, and then spread those molecules on a metal or glass substrate. So theoretically, you could take a bag full of leaves and grass, pour in a mixture of chemicals to break them down, and then finish your chores by painting the liquid on your windows to produce electricity. Not bad for a day’s work. Researc...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/06/biophotovoltaics/

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