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Monday, March 28, 2011

Fake Leaves, Real Energy

This is just exciting: Scientists led by a physicist at MIT have created an artificial leaf that converts sunlight into hydrogen and oxygen to be used for electric power.

http://www.gizmag.com/worlds-first-practical-artificial-leaf/18247/

While it doesn't in any way LOOK like a leaf, it performs the same basic functions, and can be produced cost-effectively to be applied in developing countries to power households. At first i thought it was a way to create photosynthetic cellulose in a laboratory, but this is even better. Thanks to funding from Obama's Recovery Act, they have been able to produce a stable artificial leaf using silicon and cobalt catalysts that can be placed in a jug of water and in direct sunlight to provide electricity. Its a high-tech device with low-tech implementation, making it ideal for aiding those without power. One more reason to love science every day.

Heres a brief video explaining the technology

22 comments:

Team Panda said...

wowies, this is awesome, "im just asking them to save the world" lol, i hope they come thru, seems like everyone can benefit from this.

Jellybro said...

Holy cow this is crazy, it's science man. Making a new world of tomorrow.

mac-and-me said...

awesome stuff

Wayward Disposition said...

I read about this elsewhere but didn't see the video. Its insane technology! I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us.

jblogger45 said...

awesome!

freddieblue1 said...

wow this is exciting, one step from saving the world indeed

http://dasmeistro.blogspot.com said...

awesome post mate, more like this please

Mu said...

Wow. Amazing. Solar panels are pretty expensive though, all of this needs to be much cheaper for it to go mainstream :x

Bill Hancock said...

Awesome post man, can't wait to see what's next. I agree with Mu about the solar panels.

Fluff3 said...

Wow I wonder if that would work in space.

Joe said...

@Fluff3: it should work, given its suspended in water with direct sunlight.

Patres said...

I've seen this tech being posted around and I'm a bit skeptical. We'll see in time I guess.

Green Bus said...

I have heard of this. It's pretty interesting. It would be very advantageous for us if we could have our own electricity generators, but governments would totally apply taxes if it went worldwide popular.

They still want to make money with energy.

Tibble said...

Wow this is intresting, I wonder how viable it would actually be?

POP! said...

That is awesome, I was just talking about this with some people the other day, I want me some fake leaves!

Questions said...

Wow. That is really cool. Nice blog. Will be returning.

ironchefman said...

As Bill Nye taught my generation, Science rules!

Kaneda said...

Another good invention. With time technology will always bring up better ways to create energy.

Quantum said...

This is going to be extremely expensive. Hopefully it will begin to pay for itself.

benchmark said...

The sooner we can get off the oil teat, the better!

Kevings said...

Its just a matter of time before someone patents it :P

Systemdown said...

This is exciting stuff

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