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Adding spinach to solar panels nearly triples their efficiency

Daily Mail -- Ask people what they know of spinach's energy-boosting powers, and most people will start talking about Popeye the Sailor Man.

But in a strange twist, it turns out spinach could be placed into solar panels to create a much greater supply of electricity.

Scientists in Tennessee discovered that combining the green-leafed veg with silicon produced a much stronger electrical current in solar cells than present methods.

The team of biomolecular engineers and chemists used the photosynthetic protein in spinach - the vital ingredient that converts light into energy to make plants grow.

Then they combined it with silicon, which is already used in solar cells, in a way that produced an electrical current 2.5 times more powerful that existing solar cells.

The team from Vanderbilt University in


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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 7:39:24 PM

Good to see increase in solar cell efficiency.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:05:27 PM

OK.
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And more than 20 times the number of comments posted!
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 1:55:49 PM

Nice to put Mother Nature to work.
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Thank you for posting.
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Are you sure this didn't originate with "The Onion"?
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 9:18:37 AM

So what if we put it in our gas tanks?
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 7:54:20 AM

Alrighty then
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 1:43:34 AM

Very interesting!
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 1:18:20 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:29:16 AM

Live with Mother Nature!
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:20:57 AM

now that's interesting...
after Corn, now it is Spinach...
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:17:35 AM

Hey, get Popeye off the roof!!!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:11:47 AM

Now that is green energy!
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:07:18 AM

TRUE GREEN ENERGY :)
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:06:03 AM

Stop using our food for energy!
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:05:55 AM

I knew Popeye always made more sense than Obama.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:04:54 AM

We may transfer that energy to cars.
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thanks for the post
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:03:39 AM

Wow, and I just found out spinach which I (used to) eat every day is one of the leading causes of kidney stones. Any relevance?
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:03:20 AM

I guess spinach isn't only for popeye.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:01:49 AM

Interesting......
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Finally good news for a change
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:58:05 PM

Selling spinach enchildas from a solar powered food truck...this is a million $$ idea...Prez Obama I require a research grant for this project..
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:57:17 PM

It worked for Popeye!
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Lol Miser709
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Try Viagra.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:52:27 PM

"They'll make power to the finnich, if they use's spinach, says Popeye the Sailor Man (toot, toot!)

[Edited by: 1fuelish1 at 9/6/2012 11:53:19 PM EST]
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urban myth
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:51:04 PM

Just like putting ethanol in gasoline. I like it.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:50:09 PM

What happens to solar panels when you add Olive Oil?
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:49:14 PM

I'm having some for dinner right now!
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:48:55 PM

Now I add spinach to my smoothies, along with mint extract but never would have thought of adding it to solar panels.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:48:37 PM

Just hope the panels don't spoil in the sun light.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:48:30 PM

there goes another food source to satisfy our fuel and energy.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:47:11 PM

interesting....
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Nice, keep researching.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:45:55 PM

That is wonderful that something good is not always man-made.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:45:43 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:43:57 PM

This is excellent news. The sooner we can increase pv panel efficiency, the better. Prices have dropped a lot. It's time to make the switch and get away from utilities.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:43:00 PM

exciting discovery and article.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:40:28 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:40:04 PM

They don't call spinach a super food for nothing.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:37:28 PM

This is far more beneficial and longer term, then using corn to produce ethanol, as it will not be as consumable, as corn is presently for ethanol.
Now, wonder if the scientists, could see if they get the same results with using weeds, would be nice to see if fast growing weeds could be useful to humanity!
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:36:27 PM

there goes the price of spinach
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:35:53 PM

there goes the cost of spinach..
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:33:46 PM

Will this soon start sounding like all the arguments and problems swirling around 'corn'? Seriously, I have a better use for spinach.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:33:34 PM

No surprise to me with all the iron spinach is supposed to have per my mom when she was alive.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:30:42 PM

Neat.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:30:31 PM

Maybe Alternative Energy Sources will finally see GREEN ;)
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