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23-05-2011, 04:41 AM
Worlds first practical artificial leaf discovered
ANAHEIM, March 27, 2011 — Scientists today claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy — development of the first practical artificial leaf. Speaking here at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, they described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.

“A practical artificial leaf has been one of the Holy Grails of science for decades,” said Daniel Nocera, Ph.D., who led the research team. “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.”

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Awesome, this is potentially world changing but it also wouldn't be the first time I hear about a breakthrough like this and never hear about it again due to some unforeseen technological obstacle.. i.e. fuel cell technology...

So now splitting water is cheap and efficient. How about hydrogen storage and how to utilize that energy? Fuel cells are good but still require rare metals for catalysts which aren't very stable.

I hope this stuff is sorted out sooner rather than later. I'll be first to tell the electricity provider to get fucked and convert the house to hydrogen/fuel-cell tech!

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Worlds first practical artificial leaf discovered - DeepThought - 23-05-2011 04:41 AM
RE: Worlds first practical artificial leaf discovered - delorean004 - 25-05-2011, 03:38 AM
RE: Worlds first practical artificial leaf discovered - Thunderios - 27-05-2011, 03:33 AM

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