2016-06-02. Microbe-linked solar panels are better than plants at converting sunlight to energy.

posted Jun 6, 2016, 9:50 PM by Alan Gould
By Robert F. Service, Science. For GSS Energy Use chapter 9. Excerpt: Plants are exceptional sunlight sponges. But they store only about 1% of the energy they soak up, locking it into the sugars and other organic molecules they use to build their cells. ...But now, researchers have taken a more sizable jump with solar panels, creating a hybrid device that uses a combination of catalysts and microbes to convert 10% of the captured solar energy into liquid fuels and other commodity chemicals. ...The new fuels could also solve another crucial problem: renewable energy storage. As solar and wind power grow in use, researchers have begun looking for ways to store the excess energy such systems produce....  http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/06/microbe-linked-solar-panels-are-better-plants-converting-sunlight-energy