Solar-Powered Animal, Oriental Hornet

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#1

It turns out that an Oriental hornet’s shell can trap sunlight, while the pigment xanthopterin converts it to energy. This explains why the hornet is most active mid-day.

I can just see someone trying to change our skin cells pigment so it will convert sunlight to energy so all we have to is hook a wire to our skin and drive our cars.


#2

I wonder if we can build xanthopterin power plants.


#3

Probably it will be useless :bigsmile:

I think (but I’m not sure at 100%) that chlorophyll is much more efficient, but the catch is that these molecules are good to produce [I]biological energy[/I], i.e. molecules that can be used for energetic purposes by living beings only.

For industrial purposes biological energy is pretty useless (except for the one used by people working in factories) :bigsmile: