Government Represents! and Beet-Powered Solar Cells

2011 May 13
by roma

Portland Connect Meeting

In the morning, I went to a networking event downtown and met some interesting new people.

Dye-Solar Cells

I've been collaborating on a project to build dye-solar cells with Fievel of andthenbam.com. The cool thing about dye solar cells is that the titania anode is stained with a natural dye, which is actually responsible for absorbing the visible light. We are considering using beet juice.

Fievel ordered the necessary and not-so-cheap supplies from Solaronix in Switzerland. Today, I went over to his house to start on the project. We drilled 3 mm holes in glass for the purpose of pumping iodine electrolyte between the anode and the cathode after they have been sealed. Additionally, we discussed the roadmap for the project.

Pleasant Surprise

After the Solar Rally at the State Capitol on May 10, I visited the office of Jules Bailey, my district's representative. He wasn't there, so I left him a note expressing my hope that he will support incentives for Oregon's solar industry.

Today, I got a letter in the mail:


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