MIT Scientists Successfully Mimic Photosynthesis

Researchers have been able to unlock one of nature’s biggest secrets for producing renewable energy.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have announced their successful creation of an artificial leaf that can create electrical energy from water.

MIT scientist Daniel Nocera and his colleagues formally presented their “artificial leaf” at the recent National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, where upon being submerged in a gallon of water, the leaf is said to be able to produce “enough electricity for a day in a house in a developing country.”

Nocera explains:

We believe we have done it. The artificial leaf shows particular promise as an inexpensive source of electricity for homes of the poor in developing countries. Our goal is to make each home its own power station,” he said. “One can envision villages in India and Africa not long from now purchasing an affordable basic power system based on this technology.”

Daniel Nocera

MIT

[via Neatorama]

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