Hey, lets all jump on the hate train because someones research doesn't
seem feasible in early development. I'm sure the first semiconductor
based solar cells were incredibly inefficient. Luckily you guys
weren't around and in charge of funding research then... Extracting
electricity from living cells is, if nothing else, an academically
interesting subject. Someone's hard work went into it and I don't need
three emails from Gruyere, Steven, Barbara, and Co. telling me how
silly it is. Lets not clutter my inbox with useless messages again
please. "Philosopher's stone" how clever...
On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 12:39 AM, Araneda,Barbara J <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> O.k. That was funny. My sentiments as well. That seems a little reaching for
> a sustainable concept.
> On Thu Jun 10 23:45:32 EDT 2010, "Steven A. Williams"
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Maybe we should invest some research dollars into finding a Philosopher's
>> On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM, Grier Phillips <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> I came across a paper today describing a method for collecting
>>> from individual cells of algae. The method requires a nano sized, gold
>>> electrode to pierce the chloroplast of a single cell in order to
>>> the electrons being produced. While each cell is at best capable of
>>> producing ~5 picoamperes, researchers were able to collect only 1
>>> for 1 hour from each cell before they would die. Despite this the lead
>>> researcher touted it as more efficient than burning biofuels.
>>> Here is the news
>>> via: Stanford Univ. News <http://news.stanford.edu/>
>>> April 13, 2010
>>> P.S. Granted I am not a professional, but does this seem silly to anyone
>>> else? Just thinking about the materials and energy necessary for what
>>> amounts to an incredibly temporary pico scale solar cell, I take pause.
> Araneda,Barbara J