Solar panels from cyanobacteria printed on a normal printer

Solar panels from cyanobacteria printed on a normal printer


Cyanobacteria live on Earth about a billion years and know how to produce their own food through photosynthesis. They absorb light, transform it into energy. This function has decided to use scientists, using cyanobacteria to create tiny solar of biopanelthat can power small devices.

The first of these hardy microorganisms made “real” ink that can be printed with ordinary printer paper, creating a small biozolene battery. Cyanobacteria not only able to survive in the printing process, but soon began to produce electricity. For a hundred hours, they generated enough energy to power him to a small wearable biosensor.

Yes, the question of how to replace print solid ink conventional solar panel, not a speech, but biopanel can be used to recharge small gadgets that do not require large amounts of energy. For their production does not require expensive materials and technologies, they can be disposable, work in the dark, generating electricity from the molecules formed in the light, and yet these “batteries” biodegradable, so you can use them without harm to the environment.

As one of the applications the developers have offered to provide such panels biosensors to monitor blood sugar levels patients with diabetes — for this purpose enough a small sheet of solar biopanel the size of your palm.