31 Dec '11, 12am

Solar Panels Made From Weeds Create Cheap Energy | Care2 Causes

Solar Panels Made From Weeds Create Cheap Energy | Care2 Causes

A scientist at Wake Forest University has found a way to replace expensive elements of solar panels with berries from the common pokeweed. Success on a commercial scale could be the key to supplying cheap, renewable energy to the developing world. As people continue to realize the dirty and finite nature of fossil fuels, the quest for affordable-yet-renewable energy has picked up speed. The need for reliable sources of clean electricity is especially acute in the developing world, where coal and natural gas plants are springing up at an alarming rate. Solar power presents a unique opportunity for impoverished nations to leap-frog the fossil fuel era, skipping decades of pollution, and allowing them to establish the smarter grid that so many developed countries are struggling to implement . There’s just one problem: solar technologies are still just too costly to utilize on...

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