Researchers at Cambridge University have developed a new artificial leaf that produces useful and viable energy from direct sunlight.
The research was made using an artificial leaf that only used sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to produce syngas. This gas is which today is only produced from fossil fuels, has varied uses, and the energy used is responsible for a large volume of our carbon emissions.
This carbon neutral device produces syngas with the help of direct sunlight, and this gas can be stored and used as per the conventional usage without a drop in either the quality or efficiency of the gas.
The best part about this leaf is it doesn’t need direct sunlight, and the efficiency doesn’t drop on rainy or overcast days as well.
Syngas is used to produce fuels, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fertilizers, and many other things, both indirect and derived categories. As of today, the conventional method to produce this gas is with the mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, both of which are dangerous to the environment in their nascent forms.
The researchers said that their inspiration for making this device was photosynthesis, the process with the help of which plant produces food and which ultimately the only food-producing process which is known to humanity.
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