Researchers develop new system to use solar power to produce clean fuels

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New system leverages the power of the sun to produce sustainable fuels Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new system that can generate fuel using solar power. The new system represents reaching another milestone in efforts to use renewable energy to produce sustainable fuels. Researchers based their efforts on several previews endeavors, many of which involved mimicking photosynthesis in order to turn sunlight into electrical power. This electricity is then used to trigger chemical reactions. System can convert fuel precursors into ethanol and ethylene In the…

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Obama Administration provides more funding to renewable energy

$75 million in funding being made available to support artificial photosynthesis The Obama Administration has announced $75 million in funding  for the pursuit of artificial photosynthesis. Mimicking photosynthesis has become a popular topic in the science community, especially when it comes to energy. As renewable energy becomes a more important priority for the United States, finding ways to efficiently harvest power from the sun and use this energy for various purposes is gaining more support. JCAP will be using funding to pursue advances in artificial photosynthesis The funding will be…

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Study highlights the potential of using solar power to generate hydrogen fuel

Solar energy and hydrogen are becoming more closely mingled A new study from the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis aims to shed some light on the issue of photoelectrochemical hydrogen production. This process involves the use of solar energy to produce hydrogen, which can be used by fuel cells to generate electrical power. Current hydrogen production methods are energy intensive, consuming a significant amount of fossil-fuels that produce harmful emissions. By using solar power, the hydrogen production process can be make more environmentally friendly and efficient. The problem is, however,…

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Research team aims to blend hydrogen fuel with carbon dioxide

Researchers come together to replicate photosynthesis Researchers from the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at the California Institute of Technology may have found a way to produce synthetic gasoline using sunshine and water. The researchers are backed by $122 million in funds from the Department of Energy and the team is comprised of more than 120 scientists from around the country. This team is responsible for finding ways to mimic photosynthesis and produce fuels through the use of renewable resources, such as sunlight. Researchers aim to harness the power of…

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Researchers come together to harness the power of solar energy and replicate photosynthesis

Artificial photosynthesis could bring a new dynamic to solar energy Mimicking photosynthesis has been a major goal for the science community for several years. Research teams around the world have been able to replicate this natural process in a variety of ways, with some finding more success than others. A research team from the California Institute of Technology in the U.S. has come together to develop a way to harness the power of solar energy in order to produce energy dense fuels that are also environmentally friendly. Team works to…

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