Solar panels generally are only about 10% to 20% effective at converting the sun’s rays into electricity, but new research at the University of Georgia in the USA promises to roughly double that conversion ratio.
How? By altering the process, known as photosynthesis, by which plants convert sunlight into sugars. Before sunlight becomes sugars, plants convert that sunlight into electrons. Georgia scientists reportedly have figured out how to capture those electrons and shape them into an electrical current.
The bigger picture here is that scientists are rapidly figuring out how to get the most out of sunlight, and that is making solar power more and more competitive with electricity generated from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.
To learn more about the Georgia project here.