Spider-Inspired technology Could lead to Self-Cleaning Solar Panels

26 February of 2010 by

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Recentefforts to create self-cleaning windows and solar panels have ledscientists borrow technologies from natural systems including lotusleaves. Researchers at the University of Florida have come up with a similar technology that has been inspired from another of nature’s wonders – spiders.

Theseresearchers reproduce the shape and patterns of the minute hair thatgrows on the bodies of spiders to create a water-phobic surface.Moreover, when water scampers off the surface, it picks up and carriesdirt along with it, making the surface self-cleaning. The technology isideal for food packaging, windows and solar cells that must be clean toharvest maximum possible solar energy.

Via: Gizmag

 

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