Doug Vining Artificial leaves

Artificial leaf could make green hydrogen
New Scientist
HIDDEN detail in the natural world could hold the key to future sources of clean energy. So say materials scientists who have created an artificial leaf that can harness light to split water and generate hydrogen.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527426.700-artificial-leaf-could-make-green-hydrogen.html
Posted: 13 January 2010 at 21:47

Doug Vining Viral power

MIT has apparently made a breakthrough using viruses. According to this article from the Economist, they engineered a virus to attach catalysts and use the sun's energy to split water. The next step is to produce hydrogen gas from these 'nano machines'.
http://www.economist.com/science-technology/displaystory.cfm?story_id=16004354
With so many initiatives researching this field, I am sure we will see commercialization many years before the 2030 dateline of this MindBullet.
Posted: 6 May 2010 at 10:09

Doug Vining Bring on the artificial leaf

The holy grail of cheap, limitless energy just got a big boost with this announcement.

Let's hope this prototype makes it into commercial use, the sooner the better!
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Posted: 30 March 2011 at 10:20

Doug Vining New energy from the sun

This sounds like a promising application for nanotechnology: A solar cell that produces hydrogen directly.

Perhaps the secrets of photosynthesis are not so deeply hidden after all, and we might see this MindBullet becoming a real life scenario quite soon?
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Posted: 25 February 2013 at 13:34

Doug Vining Bring on the bionic broccoli

We've suggested before that we might copy nature and create synthetic leaves, that harness energy from the sun better than solar panels, and more like, well, plants. But how about using plants enhanced with nano-particles? Are they super-plants, bionic plants, or smart plants? Broccoli for a brighter future!
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Posted: 18 March 2014 at 16:53

Anton Musgrave Energy from photosynthesis? - we told you so in 2009!

As the science of nano technology advances we will discover whole new ways of solving vexed old problems. Energy emulating the process of photosynthesis is just one of these.
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Posted: 11 May 2015 at 14:46

Neil Jacobsohn Beating nature at her own game

Some of our old friends might remember the MindBullet alongside from 2009, when we postulated about science cloning photosynthesis to create energy. And...it's happening. Read on!
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Posted: 6 June 2016 at 11:36

Doug Vining Artificial photosynthesis

The holy grail of solar energy is to do what leaves do - turn sunlight into useable fuel. We wrote a MindBullet about the possibilities of such technology seven years ago. Now it seems that there has been a breakthrough on this front. More recently we published a MindBullet about catalysers that capture carbon. This new 'breakthrough' both captures carbon from the atmosphere and produces burnable fuel in the form of syngas. There's one caveat though: If you look back through the years, there have been many similar announcements of breakthroughs. Most never make it out of the lab; they are usually too expensive or don't scale. Will this be the one that fundamentally changes the game? Is this a Black Swan hatching?
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Posted: 29 July 2016 at 12:32

Doug Vining Bionic leaf grows better plants

"Like their natural counterparts, artificial leaves take in sunlight to generate fuel. In the case of the latter, that solar energy is used to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen, and that in turn has been used to create liquid fuels and electricity. Now, a Harvard team has added a new function to their repertoire, turning artificial leaves into low-cost, portable fertilizer factories."
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Posted: 5 April 2017 at 09:15

Doug Vining Artificial photosynthesis gets Bill Gates's backing

Artificial leaves are back in the spotlight. Using sunlight to convert natural compounds like water and air into useful fuels like hydrogen or methanol would be the ultimate energy solution. I'm sure it's ultimately achievable, but I think it's a long way off from being commercialised. Investment from Bill Gates and friends will help accelerate the research.
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Posted: 10 July 2017 at 09:26

Doug Vining Printing bacterial batteries

Is it a battery? Is it a solar cell? Is it organic? Perhaps all three. Scientists have successfully created a cell that produces power from sunlight, and continues even in the dark. And it's made from printing bacterial 'ink' on conductive paper.

Could this be the breakthrough that ushers in 'free' energy?
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Posted: 4 December 2017 at 17:17
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