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How crop waste can rewrite the rules of solar power

AJ Gonzalez | April 18, 2022

The Print, DOUGLAS BROOM, 3 April, 2022 03:01 pm IST

Solar power is a key climate solution and is already the lowest cost option for increasing electricity generating capacity. Harnessing it is key.

  • But solar panels produce less power when the sun doesn’t shine.
  • A new material, derived from crop waste, means they can generate more power even on dull days.
  • Made from fruit and vegetable waste, the material uses naturally occurring luminescent particles which capture ultraviolet rays and then emit the energy as visible light.
  • Nine crops have been crushed to extract juice from which the naturally luminescent particles are extracted,

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