Biomimetic file 145: Solar fuel through enhanced photosynthesis

Solar fuel through enhanced photosynthesis


Picture source: Professor David Hahn, University of Florida

Highlight: “Most people are aware of solar photovoltaics that generate electricity and solar panels that produce hot water but there is another thrust of solar research: turning sunlight into liquid fuels…The production of solar fuels is particularly attractive because it addresses both the conversion and storage problem endemic to sunlight…Solar energy drives photosynthesis to form plant matter through the reaction of carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) and, over millions of years, the decay of plant matter creates the hydrocarbons we use to power our society…

…this particular technology developed involves a thermochemical approach that strips oxygen from steam and carbon dioxide gas using the sun’s heat. Then, the resulting gases are combined chemically in a separate process to make liquid fuels”

More information: here

What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…



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