Scientists ramp up solar cell efficiency with berry

Aug 22, 2017, 6:01 AM EDT
(Source: Travis Juntara/flickr)
(Source: Travis Juntara/flickr)

Jamun, a juicy, delectable Indian summer fruit, can achieve much more than just pleasing the taste buds – that’s what the latest work by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, reveals.

The scientists have developed inexpensive and more efficient solar cells with the help of a naturally occurring pigment in Jamun, which ramps up the ability of a surface to absorb visible light, notes The Hindu.

Since the price of natural pigments, such as the one in Jamun, is significantly low compared to their synthetic peers, this innovation could drive down the cost of tapping solar power, giving a push to renewables, writes The Better India