Solar Power From Jellyfish

Could jellyfish hold the key to cheaper and more efficient solar power? Jellyfish were already living in the oceans before humans walked the earth, and the mountains and continents formed. Jellyfish are a beautiful work of nature, but they have been a troubled sea creature for longer than any other. Overfishing can lead to them eating larvae from commercial fishes, which may prevent their recovery.

They can also cause havoc wherever they are washed away in the tides. A recent study found that these beautiful, yet deadly, creatures could be used to power modern homes. The Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is currently studying a photovoltaic system that uses green fluorescent protein (GFP), a jellyfish-based protein. They were looking for solutions to high-cost photovoltaic cell costs and turned to nature to help them.

How is solar power possible?

Could jellyfish light up your home in the future? Scientists say it is possible, thanks to the eerie glow of jellyfishes. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is the secret to jellyfish’s abilities. Aequorin Victoria is a species of jellyfish that was found near the western cows in North America. GFP is what gives the jellyfish its beautiful, but strange glow. This substance reacts well with UV light and excites electrons, according to studies. GFP is not a new discovery. In fact, medical researchers are quite familiar with it. It is used to identify other proteins that can be used in diagnosing disease. Others use the substance to map organ parts.

You can liquidize the jellyfish that glows darkly (turning it into smoothies) by liquidizing it! Scientists could then create tiny fuel cells. These tiny fuel cells could be used to power microscopic nanodevices that could be used in medical science. Nanomachines are capable of fighting tumors and even reverse blindness. This study involves placing a silicon dioxide wafer between two aluminum electrodes. The protein forms strands between the two electrodes. The protein absorbs ultraviolet light and emits electrons. These electrons flow through the circuit to generate electricity.

The Problem With Current Solar Panels

Solar panels have undoubtedly evolved in the past 50 years since it was first produced for the market. Scientists believe that there is still a lot of work to be done before the world can provide abundant and low-cost solar power for everyone. Barry Bruce, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Tennessee says that silicon panels, the primary material used in the production of solar cell, can last eight to ten to ten years before they are able to recover the energy used to make them. Furthermore, although solar panels are low-maintenance, pollution-free, and renewable — they still have lots of issues that make them an inefficient tool in harnessing solar energy. They can rust when moisture enters the panel. This can cause corrosion and reduce the production of panels. We need every support we can get. We cannot rely on fossil fuels for all eternity and traditional solar panels require so much energy.

Other Bio-Solar Power Options 

Bio-solar cells, an emerging technology, harness natural components to convert sunlight to electrical energy. They are very durable and don’t need any upkeep. Nature converts solar energy into energy through photosynthesis with remarkable efficiency. Solar panels made from man-made materials are even more efficient. Bio-solar cells also have the ability to self-repair. They are also inexpensive and easy to use, as well as having useful properties. Jellyfish is only one source. Mother nature has many other sources. Scientists are currently studying bio-solar cells made from bacteria, plants, and algae that capture sunlight. One study, for example, focuses on floating solar ways using algae. Researchers are looking for ways to convert living algae into basilar cells that can generate power from freshwater or saltwater. A team from the UK has been developing photovoltaic devices that are based on bacteria and algae.

Conclusion: Can you power your home using jellyfish?

Although it is possible, we still have much to do. Just like other new green technologies, it needs funding and time to assess how it could work successfully. Saving the world takes ingenious thinking. It takes years of research, and a willingness to look in areas that others might not see.

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