Scientists have invented a way to create 'unlimited renewable energy' by turning sunlight into fuel in 'milestone' discovery

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Scientists have invented a way to create 'unlimited renewable energy' by turning sunlight into fuel in 'milestone' discovery

Post by Guest on Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:07 pm

Scientists have developed a way to transform sunlight into fuel that could lead to an 'unlimited source of renewable energy'.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have reached this 'milestone' by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. They did this through using a technique called semi-artificial photosynthesis that is based on the same process plants use to convert sunlight into energy. Hydrogen, which is produced when the water is split, could potentially be a green and unlimited source of renewable energy.

Researchers did this by reactivating hydrogenase, an enzyme present in algae, that can reduce protons into hydrogen. Oxygen is produced as a by-product of photosynthesis when the water absorbed by plants is 'split'.

It is one of the most important reactions on the planet because it is the source of nearly all of the world's oxygen.

Researchers used natural sunlight to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen using a mixture of biological components and manmade technologies.

Academics at the Reisner Laboratory in Cambridge's Department of Chemistry developed the new technique of solar-driven water-splitting.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6131079/Scientists-invented-way-create-unlimited-renewable-energy.html

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:24 am

There isn't one single fuel you can find that didn't start with sunlight. Sunlight is the only real fuel, period.

Even oil and gas is the end result of vegetable matter that was subject to millions of years of pressure underground, and you don't get vegetable matter without the sun.

Even if you found a fungus-based fuel, fungus still depends on soil full of dead vegetable matter.

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:11 am

*THE Ben Reilly* wrote:There isn't one single fuel you can find that didn't start with sunlight. Sunlight is the only real fuel, period.

Even oil and gas is the end result of vegetable matter that was subject to millions of years of pressure underground, and you don't get vegetable matter without the sun.

Even if you found a fungus-based fuel, fungus still depends on soil full of dead vegetable matter.


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