Quantum Power: Solar Energy - Biology Style


In this week's Nature, it was brought to light that every living plant around us is an expert at quantum engineering. Much like the idea of vibronic interactions we reported on two years ago, it turns out that plants have evolved their solar energy technology (proteins in photosynthesis) to work at the quantum level. By taking advantage of quantum physics, the plants can achieve amazing energy transport and capture. This is an excellent opportunity for us to practice biomimicry, if we could manufacture materials using the same principles it would open doors not only for solar energy, but also for quantum computing and technologies not yet imagined. Truly world changing science here. The editor's summary is free, but for a more in depth look visit your library for access to the journal. ::Nature

Tags: Biomimicry


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