Plantastic Mysteries: Bio-Electric Plants

Plantastic Mysteries: Bio-Electric Plants

Jul 16, 2014

Harnessing Solar Energy from Plants

According to Science World Report “Plants are tiny powerhouses. They have the amazing ability to convert sunlight into the energy that they need to conduct internal processes that allow them to survive. If it were possible to duplicate photosynthesis, a large number of the world’s energy problems could be solved. Now, scientists have made an important step forward when it comes to creating artificial photosynthesis. They’ve created a tiny “antenna” to collect sunlight that involves combining self-assembling DNA molecules with simple dye molecules.”

An article published in Wired magazine claims that “Scientists are researching the potential of photo microbial fuel cells, or photo-MFCs, which are essentially potted plants that act like miniature power plants and transform sunlight into electricity that can power iPads. They aren’t as efficient as traditional photovoltaic solar cells, but are more eco-friendly to manufacture.”


photo by (Flickr/CCHarmon)

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