Fresh Squeeze Solar

We usually have to plow deep for good news these days; here’s some just off the vine.

…[a solar power] invention that uses dye squeezed from berries. The dye acts as the chlorophyll in green leaves that allows the “Graetzel cell,” a layer of titanium dioxide nanoparticles, to absorb sunlight.

The invention is cheaper than the standard silicon photovoltaics in conventional solar power cells, making it a cheaper solution to the world’s energy problems, according to the Technology Academy of Finland.

The Graetzel cell can be used to power street lamps.

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