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Dr. Jon Major, a researcher at the University of Liverpool's Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, has applied for a patent on the use of magnesium chloride, a common chemical used in the processing of tofu, in solar cell manufacturing. Source: University of Liverpool
Dr. Jon Major, a researcher at the University of Liverpool’s Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, has applied for a patent on the use of magnesium chloride, a common chemical used in the processing of tofu, in solar cell manufacturing. Source: University of Liverpool

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perl_geek
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Re: Flexible solar panels
perl_geek   7/5/2014 1:06:11 PM
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Another option, (maybe the one you meant): zinc phosphide. (If they can crank up the efficiency).

http://uofa.ualberta.ca/news-and-events/newsarticles/2013/august/discovery-could-make-solar-power-cheaper-more-accessible

DrQuine
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Re: Win-Win for energy
DrQuine   7/5/2014 12:24:11 PM
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It seems to me that every week there is another "breakthrough" that will lower the costs of solar panels. Most really require a few miracles on the way to commercialization and will take a long time (if they ever see the light of day).

This new chemical mixture approach sounds like it works and doesn't require a lot of research and development. What are we waiting for? Why hasn't it been implemented?

kfield
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Re: Tofu=Bath Salts
kfield   7/1/2014 8:50:58 AM
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@Wnderer It does kind of make you think twice about tofu if one of the ingredients is in something like bath salt or de-icing compounds - as if I needed another reason to NOT like it!

Wnderer
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Re: Tofu=Bath Salts
Wnderer   7/1/2014 8:48:11 AM
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@kfield Er, not exactly. The component is magnesium chloride (which is extracted from seawater) and is a common ingredient in aromatic bath salts, tofu, and chemicals used to melt ice. yum.


Thanks. You saved me from stepping into a bathtub full of bean curd.

kfield
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Re: Tofu=Bath Salts
kfield   6/30/2014 8:23:06 PM
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@wnderer "The BBC is calling your tofu bathsalts. I didn't realize they were interchangeable."

Er, not exactly. The comopnent is magnesium chloride (which is extracted from seawater) and is a common ingredient in aromatic bath salts, tofu, and chemicals used to melt ice. yum. 

Wnderer
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Tofu=Bath Salts
Wnderer   6/30/2014 2:29:44 PM
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The BBC is calling your tofu bathsalts. I didn't realize they were interchangeable.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27987827

kfield
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Re: Free (and better) lunch!
kfield   6/30/2014 1:42:39 PM
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@maxthemagnifient You're really upping those comments aint ya?

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Free (and better) lunch!
Max The Magnificent   6/30/2014 1:23:16 PM
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@Kfield: ...tofu in many instances is a wiggly food...

Don't remind me -- I know it's supposed to be good for you, but it really doesn't do anything foe me.

kfield
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Re: Percentage cost savings?
kfield   6/30/2014 1:12:24 PM
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@les_Slater "Note the key operative here is "Slash", which implies a qualitative difference. Interested in whether that's true, and if so, by how much."


The researcher I interviewed would only speak to "significantly less cost." I trust that the word "slash" wasn't hyperbole on my part?

kfield
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Re: Free (and better) lunch!
kfield   6/30/2014 1:10:32 PM
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@maxthemagnificent  "How about tofu wrapped in bacon ... hold the tofu LOL"


My sentiment exactly. And tofu in many instances is a wiggly food.

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