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Super-thin graphene and solar panels are both great ideas, but combining them produces near-magical results. A group of researchers from the Ocean University of China in Qingdao has discovered what the wonder material can do for clean energy when introduced to water.
For so long the world’s scientists were stumped as to how to extract the maximum potential from solar energy, which for obvious reasons is not available 24/7. The answer was found in the properties inherent in graphene, something scientists are still continuing to explore.
The researchers posited that the world can easily extract energy using solar panels even when it’s raining, or during night time. This capability is achieved via a chemical reaction that happens when water drops are introduced to graphene.