Harvard develops new, highly efficient artificial leaf

New leaf system performs better than actual plants Researchers from Harvard University have developed a synthetic leaf, which has shown that it can turn sunlight into electrical power more efficiently than its organic counterpart. The leaf was first showcased last year and researchers have been working to improve the synthetic system since then. The synthetic leaf highlights the capabilities of photosynthesis and how this natural process can be used to produce renewable energy in an efficient manner. System could be used for renewable hydrogen fuel production Harvard is not the…

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Solar energy discovery could lead to power generated in the dark

Scientists make new solar power breakthrough. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University scientists have developed a method that will allow for solar energy to be stored in molecules that can be used to provide homes with water, heat, or can even be utilized for cooking. The molecules are environmentally friendly and can continually store heat. Despite their awesome discovery, scientists are still far from being able to build this amazing machine with never ending heat storage capabilities that can be used incessantly over and over again without emitting…

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Harvard University researchers use E. coli to produce biofuels

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Research team uses bacteria as tool to produce biofuels A team of researchers from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering may have made a breakthrough in renewable energy. The research team has been working on transforming a common strain of E. coli bacteria into a producer of biofuels, as well as chemical components for plastics and pharmaceuticals. The idea behind the team’s efforts is to allow the bacteria to produce biofuels that are similar to petroleum and to scale up this process so that the need for fossil-fuels…

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Harvard researchers develop SOFC that can produce electricity without hydrogen

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SOFC capable of generating electricity even when hydrogen fuel runs out Engineers and materials scientists from Harvard University have developed a solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that can continue generating electricity even when it has exhausted its supply of hydrogen fuel. Such an accomplishment could hold major implications for the world of clean energy. Fuel cells have become a popular energy system around the world, but are often criticized concerning their efficiency and performance. A fuel cell that is capable of generating and storing electricity for prolonged periods of time, even…

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Carbon sensing method could support an international treaty curbing emissions

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  New method could ensure compliance with carbon emissions standards As the world becomes more interested in alternative energy and conscious of the potential effects of climate change, the possibility of an international treaty concerning the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions is becoming more realistic. Scientist from Harvard University and the University of Utah have developed a method that could be used to verify compliance with such a treaty. The method measures the amount of carbon dioxide gas being released into the atmosphere. Sensors able to track changes in CO2…

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