Instead of generating electricity, these bright green solar panels can purify the surrounding air and produce organic biomass which can be made into ingredients for sustainable, plant-based food products.
Scientists are cultivating microscopic plant life on such panelling system that can be installed on buildings or land. Like other photosynthetic organisms, these plants release oxygen into the air.
British start-up Arborea, the technology’s developer, claims that biosolar leaves grown on panels taking up the surface area of a single tree can clean the air at the same rate as 100 trees.
Source: World Economic Forum
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