Bacteria Key in Solar Power Breakthrough

The deep sea is taking a page from the eco-friendly intern book it would seem! Scientists are currently studying green sulfur bacteria, an eco-conscious source for modern power and technology. Green sulfur bacteria, which live nearly a mile under the ocean’s surface, use minute amounts of solar power efficiently. So efficiently that in some cases these bacteria are able to convert 100% of the solar power they absorb into electricity.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge are researching the bacteria’s light harvesting proteins to see what advances they could offer the field of solar energy. The green sulfur bacteria is able to move electrons through their system of photosynthesis until harvest without losing energy along the way, unlike other known organisms that engage in photosynthesis. Unraveling the mystery could be groundbreaking in clean energy, opening the door to the most efficient solar panels possible. Currently, “innovative” panels are able to convert approximately 28% of solar power into electricity and are much more expensive than the standard panels.

So, what’s next for these little buggers? After saving the planet and developing energy to efficiently power our homes, where will their next mission begin? Perhaps, and this is only speculation, they may make their way to powering our smartphones, tablets and more. Solar power is already being adopted into city infrastructure goals on streetlights, parking meters, and more, why not make solar power mobile and make the battery a back-up?

That step is further down the line, but maybe not as far away as we think. After all, as all eco-friendly interns at this digital marketing agency know, technology and eco-awareness go hand in hand.

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Ashlie is a passionate strategist, innovative mind and designer learning all she can from the team at Ingenex during her internship here. Ashlie graduated with a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University in 2011. While attending Michigan State, Ashlie took the New Media Driver's License course taught by Derek Mehraban and co-sponsored by Ingenex Digital Marketing and Google where she discovered a passion for digital and social marketing. Ashlie is looking forward to integrating her knowledge of cohesive branding with content strategy, SEO, SEM, and the other components of digital strategy to create complete marketing plans. Ashlie also eats candy in pairs of two by its color, plays lacrosse and is almost always singing. Get to know her a little better: LinkedIn - Twitter -!/amforchione Facebook

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