Pokeberries and Nano

by Karen on Apr. 27th, 2010

There's a lot of work being done at the nanoscale to find a cheap source of green energy. Will Pokeberries be the final material needed for a solution?

Pokeberries ripening: Pokeberries may provide a key to cheap solar energy.
Pokeberries ripening: Pokeberries may provide a key to cheap solar energy.Courtesy Huwmanbeing

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That's an exotic way to finding energy...WOW!

posted on Sat, 05/15/2010 - 4:07pm
heavan gilbert's picture
heavan gilbert says:

i thought u could only make energy with electerity hmmmmm weird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 4:11pm
Jenna Conrad's picture
Jenna Conrad says:

Yea heaven was right that is wierd!

posted on Fri, 06/25/2010 - 3:00pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Heavan and Jenna—
It is kinda weird, but they aren't making energy straight from the berries.

You know how solar panels make electricity when sunlight hits them? Solar panels wouldn't work if the light reflected off them completely—the light has to be absorbed. Different materials and different colors absorb sunlight better than others (think about how it's hotter to wear a dark shirt on a sunny day than it is to wear a white shirt on a sunny day). It turns out that pokeberry juice makes a good dye for absorbing sunlight, which is good because they grow all over the place, and are cheap. Fewer expensive, fragile parts for solar cells that need to be bought and shipped around the world will make it easier for more places to use solar energy.

posted on Fri, 06/25/2010 - 3:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I thought you could only make electricity from bateries

posted on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 6:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Heaven is right it is insainely wierd!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 6:49pm

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