(Lucas : Nature as example is seen in the article that follows. I have already predicted energy paints some years ago as nano-tech in bio-chemistry and nano electronics already is big some years now. The developments of all sorts of bio-chemical processes in cells, bacteria and fungi or even small amobe like creatures are studied and used to benefit hopefully us. If nature makes it already in deep seas possible for bacteria to live without oxygen and we know already so much about all sorts of new processes, there is bound to be a new range of things to come. We have already bacteria in use in our waste water cleaning and for cleaning up oil pollution and other pollutants. We already know bacteria that produce electro fuels. We see already nano-tech and nano-bio-chemistry that can make energy paints possible. We need also to be careful not to have nano-tech that artificially takes over natures processes by polluting or interfering with the ecological balance of bio sphere earth. The nano-tech needs to be compatible with and without consequences to nature. We will see a growth in scientific news as the technology and discoveries and possibilities grow exponentially. Lots of this so-called newly discovered stuff is already some time around and could mean free energy and free fuels, free… Free is now hidden in secret labs or hidden behind patents and or doors of secret military industrial complex facilities. The discoveries are and have been prevented to be used as free technology is becoming more a word that needs to be reckoned with as free for all is the future and key to our new paradigm we are creating together. Our world needs to be for all not for the benefit of the few.)
The article is already from 2010.
Scientists discover tiny solar panels that create themselves
File this one under “holy crap,” but scientists at MIT have discovered molecules that spontaneously assemble themselves into a pattern that can turn light into electricity — essentially a self-creating solar panel. In a petri dish.
The researchers set out to create a synthetic process that imitates photosynthesis. Certain molecules respond to light by releasing electrons; the trick was discovering a substance that sticks them together in a consistent structure. Phospholipids do just that, and they also attach themselves to carbon nanotubes, which conduct electricity. With the nanotubes holding the phospholipids in a uniform alignment, the photoreactive molecules are all exposed to light at once, and the tube acts as a wire that then collects the resulting electrical current.The most interesting part is that the tiny solar array can be disassembled and reassembled just by adding chemicals. Spray on an additive and the molecular components break apart into a soup; remove it with a membrane, and the system spontaneously puts itself together.After repeatedly having the system go through disassembly and reassembly, the scientists found the system had no loss in efficiency. That could prove to be the best development of all, since losing efficiency over time can be a big problem with some solar systems. It all makes sense: if you want to build better solar panels, why not look for inspiration from the most successful solar-energy generators of all: plants.MIT News, via Kurzweil AI
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