In this old article that I found from March 2013 (funny exactly two years ago) scientist were able to synthesize a solar cell from cellulose nanocrystal substrates that are able to dissolve in water. Crazy stuff, we now have one hundred percent recyclable solar cells made from a carbon neutral method, that doesn't contribute to the release of CO2. Hurray! Now unfortunately at the time of this articles release efficiency was around 2.7% significantly less than that of coal, 33-40%, and even to that of other solar cells, around 20 for the high end ones and 14 for the low end. Still the thought that we can turn plant based molecules into batteries to power the world is beyond cool. Unfortunately I was unable to find much recent development in this story, but it just reminds us that were living in the future, despite the distinct lack of hover boards.
What does the future of energy hold in store for us?
What is your opinion on the governments lack of funding for alternative energy sources as they continue to subsidize fossil fuels despite it making massive amounts of profit on its own, as well as being on a path to its own self destruction.
Do you have any other cool science news articles that made you realize the wonder of living in 2015?