JCAP at Caltech teaches you how to generate a current using blackberries and solar energy!
Try it out yourself by following these instructional videos:
Here is also a good demo:
Here is PDF from University of Texas Austin of how to make a DSSC from household products:
“Solve For X is a place to hear about and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help millions or billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audacity of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical in the sense that there is some real technology breakthrough on the horizon indicating that these ideas could really be brought to life.
This combination of things – a Huge Problem to solve, a Radical Solution for solving it, and Breakthrough Technology to make it happen – is the essence of a technology moonshot.
Solve For X is intended to be a forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork. The forum began in 2012 with a small face-to-face event co-created and co-hosted by Astro Teller, Megan Smith, and Eric Schmidt.”
Here is the original paper by Smestad and Graetzel: GraetzelCell-1998
Together with Sir Richard Friend and Steve Furber, Michael Graetzel was awarded the Millennium Technology Prize of 2010
“Moonshots live in the gray area between audacious projects and pure science fiction; instead of mere 10% gains, they aim for 10x improvements. The combination of a huge problem, a radical solution, and the breakthrough technology that might just make that solution possible is the essence of a Moonshot.”
(feature picture Apollo mission http://history.msfc.nasa.gov/saturn_apollo/photos/images/apollo17_GPN-2000-000636.jpg)
“It’s often easier to make something 10X better than to make it 10% better.” – Google’s Captain of Moonshots, Astro Teller, on what it means to think in 10x.
One of my research interest involves dye sensitized solar cells – a technology for capturing energy from the sun inspired by nature’s photosynthesis
Above is a simple video how how a DSSC works
Here are some articles on the subject:
Below are some articles explaining artificial photosynthesis and dye sensitized solar cells…
Image source: Scientific American, Reinventing the leaf