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Scientists Print Living Solar Cells That Retain Energy On Paper

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Solar panels are a great renewable power source for homes and office buildings, but they can be overkill for smaller devices. Wearables and clothing can benefit more from kinetic energy, and we’ve seen carbon nanotubes in yarn being stretched out to produce electricity. That same material has now been used with cyanobacteria to create micro-solar panels.

Scientists have been studying the energy potential of cyanobacteria for a few years now. They create their own food through photosynthesis, which is able to absorb solar power and hold an electrical charge. Back in 2015, scientists in Canada were researching blue-green algae, which is created from cyanobacteria, that could potentially replace batteries for smaller devices.