Spinach Power for Solar Cells

A solar cell based on chemicals taken from spinach and bacteria converts light into electricity.

By Emily Sohn, 17:37 PM June 9, 2004

Popeye uses spinach to power his muscles. Now, scientists are looking to spinach as a power source for supplying electricity.

Chemical substances extracted from spinach are among the ingredients needed for making a solar cell that converts light into electricity.

Chemical substances extracted from spinach are among the ingredients needed for making a solar cell that converts light into electricity.

Peggy Greb, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

A solar cell converts sunlight into electricity. Most solar cells on the market today are made of a material called silicon. The new device, on the other hand, u...

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