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Researchers create bio-solar wallpaper from bug

Nov 22, 2017, 6:06 AM EST
(Source: Daniela/flickr)
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A team of researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Cambridge and Central Saint Martins has developed a bio-solar panel by printing photosynthetic cyanobacteria onto paper, a breakthrough that offers a greener way to power small sensor devices.

Cyanobacteria, found in almost all kinds of habitats, can generate electricity from sunlight, an attribute that could lead to living, breathing, biodegradable and power-producing devices, writes Tree Hugger.

The power output of paper-based photovoltaics is low, which limits their applications. The researchers aim to scale up the prototype from the size of a “post-it note” to A4 to crank up the energy output, notes Newsweek

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