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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 6:39:24 PM

Good to see increase in solar cell efficiency.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 3:05:27 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 12:55:49 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 8:18:37 AM

So what if we put it in our gas tanks?
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 6:54:20 AM

Alrighty then
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:43:34 AM

Very interesting!
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 12:18:20 AM

Interesting.
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Live with Mother Nature!
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:20:57 PM

now that's interesting...
after Corn, now it is Spinach...
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:17:35 PM

Hey, get Popeye off the roof!!!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:11:47 PM

Now that is green energy!
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TRUE GREEN ENERGY :)
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Stop using our food for energy!
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:05:55 PM

I knew Popeye always made more sense than Obama.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:04:54 PM

We may transfer that energy to cars.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:03:41 PM

thanks for the post
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:03:39 PM

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 6, 2012 11:03:20 PM

I guess spinach isn't only for popeye.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:01:49 PM

Interesting......
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Finally good news for a change
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:58:05 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 10:57:17 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 10:52:27 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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Just like putting ethanol in gasoline. I like it.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:50:09 PM

What happens to solar panels when you add Olive Oil?
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:49:14 PM

I'm having some for dinner right now!
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:48:55 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 10:48:37 PM

Just hope the panels don't spoil in the sun light.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:48:30 PM

there goes another food source to satisfy our fuel and energy.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:47:11 PM

interesting....
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Nice, keep researching.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:45:55 PM

That is wonderful that something good is not always man-made.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:45:43 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:43:57 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 10:43:00 PM

exciting discovery and article.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:40:28 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:40:04 PM

They don't call spinach a super food for nothing.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:37:28 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 10:36:27 PM

there goes the price of spinach
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:35:53 PM

there goes the cost of spinach..
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:33:46 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 10:33:34 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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Neat.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:30:31 PM

Maybe Alternative Energy Sources will finally see GREEN ;)
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:29:02 PM

Very interesting. I've got some spinach in the garden and a solar panel. I wonder.....
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