These Are Some Sweet Solar Cells!

By Meera Dolasia on December 8, 2010

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The process of manufacturing Solar cells sounds not only complicated, but frankly speaking, quite boring - Unless of course you happen to know Canadian Scientist Blake Farrow's method, using powdered donuts and tea!

According to the young scientist these two items that are cheaply and readily available, have all the necessary ingredients to make a simple solar cell. 

Mr. Farrow first starts with the powdered sugar from the donut, which contains nanoparticles of titanium oxide. When the titanium oxide is coated with an organic dye like that found in passion fruit tea, it transforms into the light-absorbing layer of the photovoltaic or solar cell.

As it absorbs light, the electrons get excited with all the energy, which needs to transfer somewhere - So, the scientist sandwiched the solar cell between two graphite electrodes, which he made by rubbing a pencil onto some conducting glass. In order for the energy to be able to tranfer between the two electrodes, there has to be an electrolyte, which Blake created from iodine water purification tablets - And volia, the Solar cell was ready to go!

While Mr. Farrow's solar cell is not the world's most efficient one, it is definitely more fun to create than the conventional way. Who knew science could be so sweet!

Source: hackaday.com, wired.com

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  • analise
    analiseSaturday, December 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm
    OOOH, donuts and tea!
    • anonymousMonday, March 3, 2014 at 3:05 pm
      well;sorta cool,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,do not know what to say
      • the awesomeSaturday, June 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm
        cool
        • 1nerdychikFriday, May 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm
          Gonna do this for my MYP project.
          • DoodlydooThursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30 am
            The author is right under the title. Her/His name is Meera Dolasia. Great information!
            • swirlylollypops
              swirlylollypopsFriday, February 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm
              yum, doughnuts!!! go canada!
              • LilyLaibaSaturday, May 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm
                the author is Meera Dolasia
                • kyleSunday, April 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm
                  that is sooo cool, but is it edible?
                  • AAAAThursday, March 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm
                    THIS WAS SO HELPFUL FOR ME ON MY SCIENCE PROJECT!
                    • humanSunday, March 20, 2011 at 1:20 am
                      whos the author?????????????????????????????????????????????

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