Researchers and scientists at Harvard University have managed to create an artificial leaf or bionic leaf that is capable or harvesting energy more efficiently that actual plant leaves.
The new system is apparently more efficient than photosynthesis and also other methods of harvesting solar power.
“I think this is actually quite exciting research,” Johannes Lischner of Imperial College, London, who was not involved in the study, tells The Christian Science Monitor in a telephone interview. “Converting sunlight into chemical fuels with high efficiency is something of a holy grail for renewable energy.”
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The system works like this. A jar is set up containing little more than two electrodes, Ralstonia eutropha bacteria, and water. Electric current is passed through the electrodes, which then break down the water molecules, releasing hydrogen gas.
You can find out more details about this new solar artificial leaf at the link below.