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.

A Green Fall

With autumn upon us, what are some seasonal eco-friendly tips that can be used to make this year even more sustainable and energy efficient?

Home at Yellow advises you to harness the power of the sun; keep your blinds or curtains open during the day to let in light and heat your home, for free! Once the sun goes down, pull the shades to keep out cold drafts and add an extra layer of insulation to your windows.

When leaves begin to change their colors, it is a welcome sign that fall has arrived. Leaves that fall all over the yard, however, are not such a soothing sight as they symbolize work to come, and raking to do. What to do with the piles of leaves before they blow back onto your lawn? Throw them away? Burn them? These options aren’t really the most eco-friendly disposal methods. Instead, look into composting your leaves, as it keeps waste to a minimum.

Compost your yard waste!

Compost your yard waste!

If you or family members are going back to school or the office, make sure that your supply shopping is eco-friendly as well. If possible, re-use supplies from last year, and purchase products that use recycled materials. Smencils are a great example of an innovative green product that even kids can get excited about, as well as fundraise for their schools. And who doesn’t love a smelly pencil?

Tips from Environmentally Friendly Hybrid Green Cars include remembering to switch off all electrical units such as the sound system, heating system, compartment lights, and headlights to reduce drain on your car battery as well as maintenance costs. If you are able to park your car in a covered garage as the weather gets colder, your car will take less time to heat up. Additionally, even if your car is cold, don’t use the seat warmer! This luxury feature sucks up tons of energy, so use it very sparingly.

For those of us who live in cooler climates, autumn means saying goodbye to summer and preparing for the snow and ice of winter – but by making eco-friendly choices in your everyday life, you can stay green all year long.