Future Energy : Spinach

Future Energy : Spinach
Innovation

Popeye was right and now even your laptop or cell phone may get bulging muscles through spinach. MIT researchers have incorporated the plant's ability to convert sunlight to energy into...

Guy Brighton
  • 20 september 2004

Popeye was right and now even your laptop or cell phone may get bulging muscles through spinach. MIT researchers have incorporated the plant’s ability to convert sunlight to energy into a solid-state electronic “spinach sandwich” device that may one day power laptops and cell phones. Plants’ ability to generate energy has been optimized by evolution, so a spinach plant is extremely efficient, churning out a lot of energy relative to its size and weight. Just like the little pipe-smoking chap. No wonder Olive Oyl loved him so much.

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