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Teenager invents 23 solar panel that could be solution to developing world's energy needs
UK Daily Mail ^

Posted on 09/10/2009 1:45:49 PM PDT by mnehring

A new type of solar panel using human hair could provide the world with cheap, green electricity, believes its teenage inventor.

Milan Karki, 18, who comes from a  village in rural Nepal, believes he has found the solution to the developing world's energy needs.

The young inventor says hair is easy to use as a conductor in solar panels and could revolutionise renewable energy.

Milan Karki

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: humanhair; nepal; solarpanel

1 posted on 09/10/2009 1:45:49 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Even the “bright idea” bulb has gone CFL?


2 posted on 09/10/2009 1:46:40 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Joe Wilson speaks for me.)
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To: Yo-Yo

LOL, I didn’t even notice that..


3 posted on 09/10/2009 1:47:29 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring; Slings and Arrows
Alternate technologies use static electricity obtained by stroking a housecat.


4 posted on 09/10/2009 1:48:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama outright called his critics "liars" in his speech last night. Where's the apology?)
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To: mnehring

Total BS!


5 posted on 09/10/2009 1:49:02 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: mnehring

Does this mean Al Gore can shave Rosie O’Donnell’s back and turn a profit?


6 posted on 09/10/2009 1:49:31 PM PDT by Callahan
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To: mnehring
Well yes it might, but a coal power plant is a sure thing. I have serious doubts about this ruse. And why exactly do we prohibit these poor countries from doing anything to improve their standard of living — Ask a liberal.

DDT would also help, cheap, easy to produce, easy to deploy, hurts nothing, except pests and oh yeah, kills malaria and west Nile virus carrying mosquitoes.

7 posted on 09/10/2009 1:49:51 PM PDT by Tarpon (The Joker's plan -- Slavery by debt so large it can never be repaid...)
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To: mnehring

I bet he’s got a perpetual motion machine up his sleeve, too.


8 posted on 09/10/2009 1:50:00 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

What a hair brained idea!


9 posted on 09/10/2009 1:50:48 PM PDT by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: mnehring

Let T Boone Pickens run his whole business on it first. Then I’ll try it.


10 posted on 09/10/2009 1:50:54 PM PDT by exist
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
Aw come on, it makes good barbershop conversation!
11 posted on 09/10/2009 1:50:55 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dems, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: mnehring

“The young inventor says hair is easy to use as a conductor in solar panels and could revolutionise renewable energy.”

Well that could grow on you.


12 posted on 09/10/2009 1:50:58 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: mnehring

Maybe he should try spider webs?


13 posted on 09/10/2009 1:52:04 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Technically, melanin is considered a conductive polymer, so he may have stumbled on something.

http://plastics.inwiki.org/Conductive_polymers


14 posted on 09/10/2009 1:52:24 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Ummm... I’ll eat my words and kiss my own rear end if this is anything but a snow job.

Never in my 40+ years of chemistry sets, telescopes, microscopes, digital voltmeters, etc have I ever heard that human hair exposed to sunlight suddenly develops this magical electric potential!

Now I did know a couple gals during and since college that had long hair and were pretty electric, but that’s not what this is about!

;-)


15 posted on 09/10/2009 1:53:12 PM PDT by djf (I ain't got time to read all the whines!!!)
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To: mnehring

Doesn’t the solar panel problem get “solved” about every six months or so for the last 30 years?


16 posted on 09/10/2009 1:54:03 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: mnehring

Mullet power!!


17 posted on 09/10/2009 1:54:55 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (It's better to give a Ford to the Kidney Foundation than a kidney to the Ford Foundation.)
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To: All
Physical properties and technological applicationsAbsorption spectrum of melanin

Melanin is a biopolymer and a neuropeptide. In the early 1970s, researchers found melanin to be an organic semiconductor (Science, vol 183, 853-855 (1974)). Studies revealed that melanin acted as an electrical threshold switch, emitting a flash of light— electroluminescence— when it switched. Though the findings were published, these findings largely were ignored. Melanin also shows negative differential resistance, a classic property of electronically active, conductive, organic polymers. In 2000, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists for their later 1977 work in the discovery and development of conductive polymers. The polymers utilized in this research were "polyacetylene black" melanins.

The original discoverers of switching and high electrical conductivity in melanin and related organic semiconductors were not honored in 2000. However, their melanin organic electronic device is now in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History's "Smithsonian Chips" collection of historic solid-state electronic devices.
Melanin influences neural activity and mediates the conduction of radiation, light, heat and kinetic energy. As such, it is the subject of intense interest in biotech research and development, most notably in organic electronics (sometimes called "plastic electronics") and nanotechnology, where dopants are used to dramatically boost melanin conductivity. Pyrrole black and acetylene black are the most commonly studied organic semiconductors.

From: http://en.allexperts.com/e/m/me/melanin.htm

18 posted on 09/10/2009 1:55:23 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: djf

See post #18..

Work on those yoga poses.


19 posted on 09/10/2009 1:56:16 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Yet another hare-brained solar scheme?

I’d much rather mine for King Coal, or drill for black gold....Texas Tea......


20 posted on 09/10/2009 1:58:21 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: mnehring

I assume “on” was meant as “onto”. ;)


21 posted on 09/10/2009 1:58:30 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: mnehring

Gee, you mean it didn’t come from a huge federal project?


22 posted on 09/10/2009 1:59:37 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com ............. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: mnehring
This is so easily debunked it's embarrassing.

A silicon solar panel of dimensions 1 foot by 1 foot has one square foot of surface are upon which to capture light.

This "solar panel" has a few strands of hair arranged in a grid. It is doubtful that a 1 foot by 1 foot panel of this hair-brained design would have a single square inch of hair surface area.

It wouldn't be capable of capturing even 1% of the impending light energy, even if it worked.

That was easy.

23 posted on 09/10/2009 2:09:13 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: mnehring

Mero afnu Nepali Bako nam Ram Prasad Karki ho. Hora, Milan Karki mero bai Prakash Karkiko chora?


24 posted on 09/10/2009 2:12:48 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Which was the lie, 0bummer: 47 or 30 million uninsured?)
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To: mnehring
Hair Panel

This guy is going to generate a lot of electricity!

25 posted on 09/10/2009 2:14:43 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Callahan
Does this mean Al Gore can shave Rosie O’Donnell’s back and turn a profit?

That's funny! And, now we can find a use for all the hair from those oldies we euthanize to keep healthcare costs down - wow a double payload. Who woulda thunk!

26 posted on 09/10/2009 2:23:21 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: mnehring

I’m still calling BS.

Lots of things can give out flashes of light or pulses of electricity when their states change.

A quartz crystal can put out a pretty darn good jolt of juice when it’s bent - the peizoelectric effect.

If you want to see something really fascinating, get some wintergreen mints, go into the bathroom after dark, look into the mirror, turn off the light, and with your mouth at least partly open, crush a mint between your teeth.

Even an amount of juice as low as 4-5 volts is detectable by our senses, I’ve been in hot tubs during the day with babes, if there were actual electric volts floating around, I woulda noticed...

They don’t call them “Fakirs” for nothing!


27 posted on 09/10/2009 2:23:24 PM PDT by djf (I ain't got time to read all the whines!!!)
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To: mnehring

Why is it that hair can be a shining, fragrant, beautiful adornment that people love to touch, smell and admire, but the minute it parts company with the scalp, it becomes a vile, repulsive, dirty thing.


28 posted on 09/10/2009 2:24:56 PM PDT by T Minus Four (I'm all wee-weed up!)
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To: mnehring

29 posted on 09/10/2009 2:29:11 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Welcome to the Revolution.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Purrrrfect


30 posted on 09/10/2009 2:35:27 PM PDT by the long march
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
"Mullet power!!"

Dang!!!!


31 posted on 09/10/2009 2:48:19 PM PDT by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: rednesss

Wow, that boy looks like he’s got sufficient mullet power to move that Chevatruck real good like!

Well, OK, maybe the mirrors.


32 posted on 09/10/2009 2:51:15 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (It's better to give a Ford to the Kidney Foundation than a kidney to the Ford Foundation.)
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To: mnehring

Just as a general comment:

Suppose Edison said, “I am going to give you illumination and I am going to burn the cotton thread that will glow to get you that illumination.”


33 posted on 09/10/2009 2:52:26 PM PDT by Sparko (Obama & Czars: neutering the American Voter, perverting the Constitution, all on our dime.)
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To: mnehring

34 posted on 09/10/2009 2:57:20 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat." - Claire Wolfe)
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To: mnehring

So, actual evidence that blondes are dim bulbs?


35 posted on 09/10/2009 3:02:41 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: EyeGuy
I’d much rather mine for King Coal, or drill for black gold....Texas Tea......

And for the US that would be best.

For some poor farmer who just wanted to be able to charge some batteries for his cell phone, radio and a couple of lamps this would be a nice solution.

36 posted on 09/10/2009 6:15:41 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

“For some poor farmer who just wanted to be able to charge some batteries for his cell phone, radio and a couple of lamps this would be a nice solution.”

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Maybe.

We shall see.

But my post, of course, was in response to the thread title which said:

“....panel that could be solution to developing world’s energy needs...”

This implies much more grandiose applications beyond just a few very small devices with extremely light energy requirements.


37 posted on 09/10/2009 7:00:05 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: EyeGuy
"Developing world" in British usually means what some here call third world.

So the market for this device is probably what I said.

Something like this would be a blessing for about half of the world.

38 posted on 09/10/2009 7:08:52 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

“Something like this would be a blessing for about half of the world.”

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Yes it would. Snatching energy out of the air would benefit EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE.

IF the developing world’s energy needs stay on the extremely limited individual basis you define, I suppose we could painfully stretch the point to agree that this unproven device “...could be solution to developing world’s energy needs..”.

On a very PARTIAL level.


39 posted on 09/10/2009 7:27:41 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: EyeGuy
We never have permanent solutions, only temporary ones.

Building big coal electric plants would do most of the world no good. The cost of getting the wiring in place alone would be prohibitive. And they wouldn't use enough energy to pay for it any time in the next 20 years.

For the next ten to twenty years this could be a partial bridge.

This could work for now. As to how the future would develop... :shrug: it is not here yet.

Small solutions tend to work best in the developing world and produce the most long term changes.

40 posted on 09/10/2009 7:50:58 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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