For years scientists and other solar energy experts have been trying to figure out a way to make solar panels work in the same way that plants work using photosynthesis. Until recently, it has pretty much seemed like a pipe dream. But Andreas Mershin of MIT
Could grass be the future of solar panels?
has turned the idea that it can’t be done on its head by… doing it!
Essentially, it’s possible to take grass clippings and other organic materials and marry them to a chemical mixture to create solar panels that make use of the photosynthetic properties that living plants have in nature. In this way, solar panels that are made using this technology will be able to harness the power of the sun in a whole new way that will in most instances be even more efficient than what science offers us now for rooftop solar panels in Phoenix and beyond.
Some opponents of this idea believe that while the technology is good and will probably work, most government entities won’t get behind it because of how “new fangled” the theory seems. But we feel differently. While it may not be how we bring solar energy to homes next week or even next year, it’s evidence that great thinkers are in the world of, and on the side of solar energy. Even if this technology doesn’t come into play for another decade, the fact that it ever will can make solar energy that much more sustainable, and literally, that much greener.
By showing us how this can be done, Mershin has created a whole new world of opportunity for those who live in regions where buying or using conventional solar panels just isn’t an option due to cost and availability. By painting a mixture of grass clippings and a natural chemical agent onto slats on their roofs, people residing in third world countries will one day be able to enjoy the cost-saving benefits of solar energy the way we do here in the United States. We’re all for it!
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