August 19, 2016

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A New Artificial Leaf Turns Sunlight And CO2 Into Fuel More Efficiently (CHARLIE SORREL 08.16.16, Co.Exist)

A solar cell is great if you want electricity right now, but what if you could get a solar panel that pulled CO2 from the air and used sunlight to turn it into burnable fuel? It might sound fantastic, but that's just what plants do when they photosynthesize, and it's also the promise of a new device from researchers at the University of Illinois.

"Instead of producing energy in an unsustainable one-way route from fossil fuels to greenhouse gas," lead author Amin Salehi-Khojin said in a news release, "we can now reverse the process and recycle atmospheric carbon into fuel using sunlight."

Instead of storing generated electricity in batteries, this artificial photosynthesis uses the sun to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuel. 

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