Roses forum: Roses in solar power research!

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Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Jun 27, 2016 6:22 AM CST
I was amazed to learn that research on the petals of rose 'El Toro' (also known as Gladiator, Red Mountain Peak, Uncle Joe and just plain old Toro), is helping to improve the efficiency of thin-film solar cells.

An article entitled “Flower Power: Exploiting Plants’ Epidermal Structures for Enhanced Light Harvesting in Thin-Film Solar Cells” published in the journal Advanced Optical Materials describes the research.

You can read a reader-friendly summary here:
Carol H. Sandt

“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” – Albert Einstein
Name: Khalid Waleed
Islamabad, zone 9b (Zone 9b)
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Jun 27, 2016 10:20 AM CST
csandt: thanks for sharing this research.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Jun 27, 2016 10:31 AM CST
Fun and beyond cool!
Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Hurray!
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