Biogenic solar cells – made of ‘living organisms’ – can convert light from the sun into energy even in places not blessed with good weather.
And a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia has developed, what it says, is a cheap way to do it; with its biogenic cells performing well in dim light. This breakthrough is potentially good news for the likes of Northern Europe and BC itself.
“We recorded the highest current density for a biogenic solar cell. These hybrid materials that we are developing can be manufactured economically and sustainably, and, with sufficient optimization, could perform at comparable efficiencies as conventional solar cells,” said Vikramaditya Yadav, a professor in UBC’s department of chemical and biological engineering who led the project.