The “artificial photosynthesis” developed here, however, takes things to a new level
Panasonic has recently developed an artificial photosynthesis system that, using a simple and straightforward process, can convert carbon dioxide into clean organic materials with what it says record efficiency. This development may lead to the creation of a compact way of capturing pollution from incinerators and electric power plants and converting them into harmless – even useful – compounds.
Over the last few years, we’ve covered a number of artificial photosynthesis systems that could use sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Some of them could do it cheaply and reliably, operating ten times more efficiently than real leaves.
The “artificial photosynthesis” developed here, however, takes things to a new level: it not only splits water into its atomic components, but also uses the resulting hydrogen to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into formic acid (HCO2H) – the same stuff that makes ant bites sting, and is used in the chemical industry to make dyes and fragrances.
via Gizmag – Dario Borghino
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