These Solar Panels Pull in Water Vapor to Grow Crops in the Desert

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  • Researchers have conducted a plant-growing test by using WEC2P in Saudi Arabia whereby they use waste heat from solar panels when generating electricity to drive absorbed water out of the hydrogel.
  • The water collected was used to irrigate 60 water spinach seeds.
  • “Our goal is to create an integrated system of clean energy, water, and food production, especially the water-creation part in our design, which sets us apart from current agrophotovoltaics” said Peng Wang, a professor of environmental science and engineering at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

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