Girl Planting seeds

Nature-inspired green energy technology clears important development hurdle

A new material design has put the long-sought idea of using artificial photosynthesis to generate renewable fuel within reach. Scientist Heinz Frei has spent decades working toward building an artificial version of one of nature's most elegant and effective machines: the leaf. Frei, and many other researchers around the world, seek to use photosynthesis -- the sunlight-driven chemical reaction that green plants and algae use to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into cellular fuel -- to generate the kinds of fuel that can power our homes and vehicles. If the necessary technology could be refined past theoretical models and lab-scale prototypes, this moonshot idea, known as artificial photosynthesis, has the potential to generate large sources of completely renewable energy using the surplus CO2 in our atmosphere.  Read more....



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