The idea of cheaper and easier to manufacture solar panels is something that many companies have been working towards for a long time now. Solar panels are without a doubt one of the most promising forms of renewable energy which means it could be the future of power. Unfortunately the cost and complexity keep holding back the technology, at least until now.
A group of researchers at MIT successfully grew a number of circuits using bacteria and other cells, these circuits could then be developed into functional solar panels. The process if completely new and unlike anything that has been done before, but the team believes that this could be the future of production due to the efficiency. By adding or removing additional pieces to the bacteria as necessary it is possible to grow them into whatever circuit is desired, and the best part is that they can conduct electricity while also using solar energy. This is an absolutely astonishing scientific breakthrough that has the potential to really change the future, only time will tell whether or not it becomes usable in the real world but researchers are incredibly hopeful that they’ll be able to make this into a reality in the very near future.