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This Bacteria Could Help Solar Panels Perform on Cloudy Days


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When it comes to solar energy, the elements often get in the way. Solar panels harness the most power when the sun is up and burning bright, so if it’s storming or just a tad overcast, they could be banking little to no energy.

Scientists at the University of British Columbia think they have a work-around for this age-old problem. They’ve developed a solar cell that converts dim and bright light into energy at equal efficiency — and it comes from E. coli bacteria.