Researchers look to seaweed for more effective solar cells
As eco-consciousness continues to transition from a fringe idea to a mainstream concept, there continues to be an investigation into new ways of cutting down on carbon emissions. The solar industry has benefited substantially from this shift and solar panels are now available on an industrial and residential scale. However, there is always room for improvement, and indeed the widespread adoption of this technology depends largely on its effectiveness and affordability. According to the Energy Harvesting Journal, an industry news outlet, seaweed could play a part in making solar power more viable for all.
"Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are quickly becoming a widespread and affordable alternative to photovoltaic solar cells," the source states. These cells are currently made from platinum, but there is an international research effort currently underway to determine if seaweed extracts could act "as a suitable source of raw materials for DSCs.
So far, the results are promising, though researchers are still working to increase the overall lifespan of seaweed-based DSCs, With further investment, though, it seems that seaweed may be able to promote global sustainability in a whole new way. Currently, this sea vegetable has already been tapped as a source of biofuel that would require less fossil fuels than traditional gasoline and diesel. In addition, seaweed is brimming with vitamins, minerals and trace elements, and doesn't require land or fresh water to thrive. With that in mind, it has been deemed one of the most promising foods of the future by nutrition experts.
Time will tell how many applications we can find for this incredible plant, but one thing is certain: It already makes a great addition to your diet. Seagreens® seaweed is sustainably wild-harvested and can boost the nutritional value of your meals as The Mineral Salt and the Culinary Ingredient. It can also be taken daily as Food Capsules.