University of Michigan scientists developed a new kind of solar panel achieving 9% efficiency in converting water into hydrogen and oxygen – mimicking a crucial step in natural photosynthesis. Outdoors, it represents a major leap in the technology, nearly 10 times more efficient than solar water-splitting experiments of its kind. But the biggest benefit is […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory scientists hope to optimize fixing carbon with an enzyme from soil microbes for producing fuels, antibiotics and other products from CO2. When it comes to fixing carbon, plants have nothing on soil bacteria that can do it 20 times faster. The secret is an enzyme that ‘juggles’ reaction ingredients. The […]

Purdue University’s Yulia Puskhar, a biophysicist and professor of physics in Purdue’s College of Science, may have a way to harness photosynthetic energy by mimicking plants. Plants can make energy directly from the sun. That process of turning sunlight directly into usable energy – called photosynthesis – may soon be a feat humans are able […]

A Kobe University research group has now developed a strategy that greatly increases the amount of hydrogen produced using hematite photocatalysts. In addition to boosting the high efficiency of what is thought to be the world’s highest performing photoanode, this strategy will be applied to artificial photosynthesis and solar water-splitting technologies via university-industry collaborations. The […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists have a new material design that puts 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 […]

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