Monday, 17 August 2015

Butterflies: Designed Intelligently to be Effective

These wings were designed to be effective.

Joel Kontinen

Butterflies have an amazingly effective way of making use of solar energy. A paper recently published in the journal Scientific Reports looks at how humans could try to copy the system they use.

A report in states:

“The humble butterfly could hold the key to unlocking new techniques to make solar energy cheaper and more efficient, pioneering new research has shown.

A team of experts from the University of Exeter has examined new techniques for generating photovoltaic (PV) energy - or ways in which to convert light into power.

They showed that by mimicking the v-shaped posture adopted by Cabbage White butterflies to heat up their flight muscles before take-off, the amount of power produced by solar panels can increase by almost 50 per cent.

Crucially, by replicating this 'wing-like' structure, the power-to-weight ratio of the overall solar energy structure is increased 17-fold, making it vastly more efficient.

We cannot credit Darwinian mechanisms for this innovative design, nor was it Mother Nature’s invention.

An intelligent solution requires a Designer who used intelligence.

From self-assembling solar panels to the amazing design of the seahorse’s tail, the number of amazing design features seen in nature – and even in us – is staggering. (Read more here, here,
here and here.)

Such design shows that the world we live in is not a Darwinian one.

Source: 2015. Butterflies heat up the field of solar research. July 31).