Semi-transparent organic solar cells (OSCs) can help green house growers reduce energy use, generate electricity and cultivate lettuce, this is according to a new study by a team of researchers at North Carolina State University.
The research found that red lettuce can be grown in greehouses with OSCs that filter out the wavelengths of light used to generate solar power this was published in Cell Reports Physical Science.
“Greenhouses are used to grow plants because they drastically increase yield in non-native climates, while lowering water consumption and pesticide use compared to conventional farming.” said Doctor Carr Ho, Research Scientist at NextGen Nano.
“But greenhouse glazing has poor thermal insulation, so heating and ventilation systems need to be installed to help maintain optimal conditions. Along with supplemental lighting, this lights to large, unsustainable energy consumptions.”