Have you ever wonder that Artificial Sunflowers can harvest Solar energy? These artificial sunflowers can harvest more solar energy than a normal solar panel. Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Arizona State University have succeeded in developing a kind of solar panel called as SunBOTs. These innovative SunBOTs can collect up to 400% additional energy.
SunBOTs: The Artificial Sunflowers
In the presence of sunlight, plants show a process known as phototropism. Reachers have biologically simulated this tropistic process in a light-receptive artificial sunflower that can collect solar energy. SunBOTs have a ‘stem’ made up of material that reacts to light and has an energy-gathering flower at the head. Furthermore, It is developed by a typical light-captivating medium: silicon, generally used in solar panels. The width of light-captivating is not more than 1 mm.
When light falls on the stem of SunBOT, it heats up and shrinks. This causes the stem to bend and angled the artificial flower according to the light source. Once the SunBOT’s is aligned towards the light source, the stem restricts the shrinking as it forms a shadow that lets the medium to cool down.
Not long ago the university researchers bring out their invention in Nature Nanotechnology.
Professor Ximin He at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her colleagues represent the artificial sunflower nano-technology that is focused on biologically stimulated mediums like sunflowers. Where polymers imitate the inherent reaction of plant, animal, or even fungal life forms to perform more effectively. According to her, this new invention would have the magnitude to expand the volume of energy collection in resemblance to the collection of classic solar cells. The future of solar energy will be much exceedingly productive. Additionally, the SunBOTs could deliver the most anticipated solution to energy gathering via the autonomous maximization of the input power.
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