Research on pigments of Antarctic red algae to produce electrical energy

A group of researchers from the University of the Republic, headed by Dr. Fernanda Cerdá, investigate pigments generated by red algae from Antarctica to produce electricity. The possibility of using natural pigments as semiconducting material was co-invented in 1988 by the American chemist Brian O’Regan and the Swiss Michael Grätzel, the latter advice the Uruguayan scientists in the implementation of a project for the development of photovoltaic cells. The investigation would allow the creation of special solar panels that are placed inside the buildings.