Tuesday :: Mar 29, 2011

Science to the Rescue: MIT Creates a Synthetic Leaf Power Station

by Oly Mike

Dr. Daniel Nocera and his team at MIT have created an artificial leaf that might be able to power a home. Here's a bit from the story I found at Mail Online with help from Slatest:

About the shape of a poker card but thinner, the device is fashioned from silicon, electronics and catalysts, substances that accelerate chemical reactions that otherwise would not occur, or would run slowly.

Placed in a single gallon of water in a bright sunlight, the device could produce enough electricity to supply a house in a developing country with electricity for a day, Nocera said.

It does so by splitting water into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen.

The hydrogen and oxygen gases would be stored in a fuel cell, which uses those two materials to produce electricity, located either on top of the house or beside it.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1370839/Scientists-Holy-Grail-science-mastermind-worlds-artificial-leaf.html#ixzz1I0NMTV5y

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