Artificial Photosynthesis: The Key to the Energy Crisis?
The world has been facing a major energy crisis, and the efforts to resolve this have yet to yield a permanent solution. There has been a collective effort of scientists around the world to try and tap into the energy potential of photosynthesis, which is the natural process by which a plan converts carbon dioxide into fuel using sunlight. Recently, there has finally been a breakthrough in this area, which could revolutionize the power industry.
Prior research into this area has either attempted to use materials that were rare or expensive, which would prove to be impractical for large-scale use. Researchers out of the University of Central Florida have successfully used a synthetic material called metal-organic framework (MOF) for this process. The researchers created this material by combining the common metal titanium with organic materials that were programed to absorb blue light. So far the testing has been promising, and research has also found that this technology can assist in reducing greenhouse gases as well.
A researcher from University of Central Florida stated “The idea would be to set up stations that capture large amounts of CO2, like next to a power plant. The gas would be sucked into the station, go through the process and recycle the greenhouse gases while producing energy that would be put back into the power plant.” This technology would not only assist in the energy crisis, but help fight global warming.