The costs for maintenance for solar panels will go down soon, as researchers at Tel Aviv University have managed to make a breakthrough in nano technology, while working on a potential cure for Alzheimer’s. Thanks to this breakthrough, solar panels will be able to clean themselves.
The researchers were trying to find ways to control peptide atoms and molecules, when they found a way that can get peptides to assemble themselves in a vacuum. The peptides then act as a cover which takes away water and dust particles.
The coating has other potential benefits as well – apart from cleaning solar panels clean, it can also be used as a super-capacitor, which can result in better lithium batteries. Thus, this single discovery can mean two great changes that will make technology cleaner.
The researchers’ quest for a cure for Alzheimer’s continues though, and drug company Merck is actively funding the project. Science is developing rapidly today, and the cure shouldn’t be far ahead – and who knows what other great benefits they’ll discover by accident along with it!
[ Via Yahoo! Green ]