X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Popeye Knew Best: Spinach Could Make Solar Panels More Effective

by Hazel Chua
Advertisement

Whenever Popeye was in trouble, he’d always reach for his can of spinach that would give him the strength to punch Bluto’s lights out.

While spinach won’t really transform a normal human being into a massive hulk, it actually achieves an effect similar to that on Popeye when it comes to solar panels.

Spinach Solar PanelA team of researchers from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee published results from their study which showed that a protein found in spinach known as PS1 was actually pretty efficient in converting light to energy.

They recommended that this protein be combined with the silicon used in creating solar panels to come up with a more efficient system. This discovery was first reported forty years ago, but no one really did anything about it – until now.

When the researchers built the biohybrid cells and put them to the test, they discovered that it was up to 2.5 times more efficient than cells without the protein.

Professor David Cliffel explained: “People are trying to get around limitations in semi-conductors with fancy, multi-element devices. But molecular biology is a better known game than these complicated multi-element inorganics. Our components are also non-toxic [and] they literally grow on trees.”

Now who would’ve thought that spinach was indeed this powerful?

[via BusinessGreen via Softpedia]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Jack Burton Collectible Figure

Jack Burton Collectible Figure

Graph Paper Cocktail Napkins

Graph Paper Cocktail Napkins

ClimateCase Smartphone Carrier

ClimateCase Smartphone Carrier

Advertisement
Vandal One Track Car Weighs 1,200 Pounds, Makes 560 Horsepower

Vandal One Track Car Weighs 1,200 Pounds, Makes 560 Horsepower

Pininfarina Battista Electric Car Makes 1900 Horsepower

Pininfarina Battista Electric Car Makes 1900 Horsepower

2019 Volvo V60 T6 AWD Review: Hitch Your Wagon to a Star

2019 Volvo V60 T6 AWD Review: Hitch Your Wagon to a Star