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  • tallbridge 12:16 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink |
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    Genetically Engineered Tobacco-based…solar cell spray? 

    As the world continues its quest to use less fossil fuels, the latest possible solution comes from the most unlikely of sources: the tobacco plant. This latest news comes from the University of California, Berkeley. It will be nice to see tobacco used for something other than lung cancer. This new discovery is based on the possibility of literally programming the cells of the plants to get solar cells from tobacco plants. The science behind it is actually pretty simple (at least in explanation form) and pretty amazing. By using a genetically engineered virus, scientists were able to literally transform the cells of the plants to create synthetic solar cells.

    Instead of creating some new form of tobacco plant, they are actually applying their chemistry to full grown tobacco plants. Their custom-made virus is sprayed on the plants and then it is time to sit back and let it work its magic. The virus infects a cell which then enables the virus to spread just as any other virus would. As the infected cells form, they are creating artificial chromophores that make high powered electrons out of light.

    Of course, the plants themselves are not used for direct solar energy as they still have to be harvested. Once harvested, the structures are extracted and put into a liquid solution to dissolve. This solution is then applied to plastics or glass and poof, solar cells from tobacco plants is a reality. While the whole process may seem a little off the wall, if this process can be refined and work in mass form, it totally changes solar energy as we know it.

    Via ALternative Energy:

    While this technology is exciting, the effect that it could have on an economy that seems to continue to go backwards is even more incredible. One of the hardest hit industries during the last decade has been the farming industry. Farmers have been struggling with their crops and tight times have not made things easier. An influx into the tobacco industry to create solar cells from tobacco plants could be a nice boost in the arm as farmers who are waiting for the bank to come and take their land will now have a viable way out.

    These cells would not be expected to last as long as “typical” solar cells, but they would probably be much less expensive. That being the case, solar cells from tobacco leaves could provide both an organic way to produce solar cells and the economic boost that the farming industry needs.

     
    • tallbridge 12:19 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink

      holy shit….fractal energy antennae….what’s in the body btw? can we make clothes our of these?

    • deadindenver 3:42 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink

      excuse me!!!! no emotoicon captures this 😀

    • homad 10:11 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink

      Been lookin into these for a year or so for orgonite purposes
      http://Fractenna.com

  • tallbridge 3:20 am on June 11, 2009 Permalink |
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    China Hemp: “The King of All Natural Te… 

    China Hemp: “The King of All Natural Textiles”
    http://www.ccfgroup.com/newscenter/newsview.php?Class_ID=600000&Info_ID=20090611011

     
    • krammark 3:34 am on June 11, 2009 Permalink

      had hemp milk on cereal this am. u can make anything out of that stuff.

    • deadindenver 10:12 am on June 11, 2009 Permalink

      Plant a little patch of hemp? Alaska? Colorado? China?

    • waterling 7:29 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink

      I was just looking in the enviro-tag to find some green building designs (big DC meeting yesterday on medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011 –> need growing spaces –> now looking into incorporating alt energy for growing…) anywaaaays Max do you know the deal with hemp in china? potentially awesome (and hectic) project right here.

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