Thursday, February 10, 2011

Food for Thought: Artificial Photosynthesis

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Artificial photosynthesis is a research field attempting to replicate the natural process of photosynthesis: converting sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into carbohydrates and oxygen. However, with artificial photosynthesis this process is slightly different instead converting sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into fuel.

The term is used lightly, as splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen by using solar energy is also referred to as artificial photosynthesis; as appears in this video. Although still in the research phase this new technology would be able to generate fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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