14 Sep '12, 7am

Could spinach be the answer to truly green solar panels?

We all know spinach is a wonder food, but now scientists think it can not only boost your health, but also the efficiency of your solar panels. A team of researchers at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee have found a way to combine silicon, a key component of solar cells, with the protein in spinach that converts light into energy to create a cell made from readily available materials. FURTHER READING US solar installations soar, as Solyndra row rumbles on Can a Swedish skyscraper greenhouse solve the world's food crisis? Scientists have known for 40 years ago that this Photosystem 1 (PS1) protein can carry out photosynthesis even when extracted. As it converts almost 100 per cent of sunlight into electricity, more than double the efficiencies of today's best photovoltaic panels, researchers all over the world have been trying to integrate PS1 into highly productive solar ...

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