Mimicking nature to create alternative energy

Mimicking nature to create alternative energy

Scientists are looking to nature for answers to the generation of alternative energy, such as solar power. Photosynthesis is the creation of energy from sunlight, the biggest most powerful form of solar power known to man!

Here is an interesting article in the Guardian Online looking at how scientists can learn from the environment to save the environment into the future and reduce harmful gases which some believe contribute to the causes of global warming and the green house effect.

The untapped potential for using the sun’s rays is huge. All human activity for a whole year could be powered by the energy contained in the sunlight hitting the Earth in just one hour. Harnessing even a small amount of this to make electricity or useful fuels could satisfy the world’s increasing need for energy, predicted to double by 2050, without further endangering the climate.

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  1. benthebutterflyguy Says:

    Some countries have been conducting research on more efficient ways to harvest the suns energy for some time now, still getting their ingenuity from nature that’s been around since the dinosaurs. Take the study on solar energy panels conducted with butterfly wings. They found that copying the designs from the scaled wings of butterflies will increase solar panel efficiency and capacity. The structures and patterns butterflies naturally on their wings are designed in such a way that they reflect the suns heat and energy back into the body to keep it warm. The study came out in a recent article in the Chemistry of Materials Journal. The study was conducted in Saga University, Saga, Japan.

    Here’s a link to a small article I put up about it…
    http://butterflyhuntersperu.blogspot.com/2009/09/butterfly-wings-used-for-solar-energy.html

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