Powerful Solar Cell Inspired by Butterfly Wings
It’s not unusual for people to turn to nature to better technologies and devices that humans could benefit from in the long run. Harnessing the energy of the sun for human consumption was already inspired by photosynthesis, but this new solar cell technology looks at another idea straight from Mother Nature. Butterflies have been discovered to have microscopic solar collectors in their wings. And so, some scientists from Japan and China thought creating a mimicry of these collectors would yield a more efficient solar cell, particularly of the dye-sensitized kind.
The scientists, under the leadership of Di Zhang, have long been looking for a way for dye-sensitized cells to go over the technology’s 10 percent average efficiency. Upon coming across this discovery about butterfly wings, they decided to try it out. They used real butterfly wings as mold and made copies of the natural collectors that are employed onto the dye-sensitized cells. The result? Aside from achieving a higher efficiency, the new type of solar cell is even easier to fabricate and is a viable technology for commercial use. Unfortunately, details are scarce, but I reckon we’ll be hearing more about it in the near future.
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