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The University of British Columbia's Bacteria-Driven Solar Cell Can Produce Energy Under Cloudy Skies

Posted On: Jul 17, 2018   |   Posted By: Arch Daily

The University of British Columbia's Bacteria-Driven Solar Cell Can Produce Energy Under Cloudy Skies

UBC researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Image Courtesy of Flickr/LillyAndersen via University of British Columbia
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have unveiled details of their recently-designed “bacteria-powered solar cell” capable of converting light to energy, even in overcast conditions. Hailed as a “cheap, sustainable” method of renewable energy extraction, the cell can generate a current stronger than any previously recorded from similar devices. Development of the cell opens new possibilities for typically-overcast regions such as British Columbia and Northern Europe, where the world's first solar panel road debuted in France .
The technology is particularly applicable to the overcast conditions common in British Columbia and Northern Europe, where the world's first solar panel road debuted in France. Image
UBC's “biogenic” solar cells contain living organisms, building on previous efforts which focused on...

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