Local researchers produce electricity using green algae

Local researchers produce electricity using green algae


now the spread of green algae is a
growing problem here in South Korea the algae pollutes waterways and kills the
local ecosystem however a way to harness it in a much more positive way has just
been discovered a team of Korean researchers say they figured out a way
to use algae to generate energy electricity Jo Seung Min reports local
scientists at Yonsei University have come up with a way to use green algae to
generate electricity the team developed the method by looking at the way plants
use photosynthesis plants produce energy by absorbing and converting sunlight
during photosynthesis a small amount of electrons are scattered by water inside
the plants because it uses solar energy photosynthesis is highly efficient using
that model we can develop a technology to convert solar power into electricity
extracting the electricity out of water is the key and that is exactly why green
algae which lives in water is a perfect fit the algae are put on a special film
plate made to absorb the plants energy and nano needles are used to extract
electricity from them a bit of algae smaller than an average adult palm is
enough to power a light bulb industry experts say the method is still in a
primitive stage but could become the next big thing in solar power the team
is currently working on improving it to generate more electricity to low mean
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