Escherichia coli solar cells! It can also generate electricity in cloudy days!
Science decode 1 weeks ago
According to foreign media SlashGear, researchers have recently created a solar cell that can convert light into energy even in cloudy days. Unlike the commonly used solar products, these newly developed solar cells have organisms that make them "biogenic". According to researchers, their new bio solar cells are both sustainable and relatively inexpensive.

Although solar cells are becoming more common all over the world, solar panels have great limitations: they need direct sunlight. The individual solar system is not suitable for many families, because they are in the area of the cloudy day, but the biological solar cells that contain bacteria can provide solutions.

The research is from University of British Columbia. The University recently introduced the development of the project in detail. The solar cell is part of the solar panel that converts light into energy, and it works best under direct sunlight. Although the idea of bio solar cells is not new, previous research has not yet produced effective solutions.

According to the University of British Columbia, the school's researchers have explored the concept from a different perspective, using a genetically engineered strain of Escherichia coli, which produces a large amount of lycopene, a natural dye. Lycopene is very capable of converting light into energy, paving the way for these newly developed bio solar cells.

Professor Vikramaditya Yadav, who is responsible for the study, said:

We recorded the highest current density of biological solar cells. The hybrid materials we are developing can be manufactured economically and sustainably, and by full optimization, they can be implemented in considerable efficiency with traditional solar cells.