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A synthetic leaf could lead to solar storage

Post in 'The Green Room' started by begreen, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Interesting stuff coming out of the Nocera Lab at MIT. It's early, but is showing some nice potential already. Tie this together with a fuel cell and you have the potential for 24/7 electricity.

    http://www.technewsworld.com/story/72156.html

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  2. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    Amazing...truly!
    Energy is out there.

    Someday mankind will look back and laugh at what people did to keep the fires burning (so to speak).
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    semipro Minister of Fire

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    I hope this is legit!

    Yeah, we'll look back and say "I can't believe we used to burn that!"

    As much as I love burning wood I'd gladly give it up.
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Awesome. Storage is one of the obvious issues. I loved that they quoted Sabbath: "Soon the World Will Love You, Sweet Leaf "

    Our main campus also has a couple of other solar advances that I want to see commercialized. Anti-glare technology, and a method to collect photons at the edge of the panel- efficiency would be increased by reducing scattering/reflection losses- supposedly doubling efficiency.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I read about the edge collection technology last year. Has anything come of this?
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    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I think it will take a couple/few years to develop the production process. Plus- there's licensing issues, IP, etc to deal with.

    I dunno, but I hope it's real. A couple innovations like these and solar could be real (makes economic sense without subsidy) in a few years.
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    ihookem Minister of Fire

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    At 76% efficiency is unreal, but how much is 10 mili amps? A sq. centimeter is 10 miliamps. How big would the leaf have to be to power a home of 1000 watts?

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