synthetic leavesResearchers at Imperial College London embark on ‘artificial leaf’ project to produce power by mimicking photosynthesis.

Scientists are developing the next generation of power sources with the humble leaf. Photosynthesis is the process involved in solar energy conversion that can produce limitless power.

Part of a project called the “artificial leaf”, involves working out exactly how leaves use sunlight to make useful molecules. The research team then plans to build artificial systems that can do the same to generate clean fuels such as hydrogen and methanol. These would then be used in fuel cells to make electricity or directly to power super-clean vehicles.

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