Friday, April 1, 2011

MIT's artificial leaf is ten times more efficient than the real thing

Source: Wired UK

An advanced solar cell about the size of a playing card is as much as ten times more efficient at carrying out photosynthesis than a natural leaf. It is made of widely available materials --like silicon, electronics and chemical catalysts. With a single gallon of water, the chip could produce enough electricity to power a house in a developing country for an entire day. Provide every house on the planet with an artificial leaf and we could satisfy our 14 terrawatt need with just one gallon of water a day.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Read more at Wired UK.
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