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Harvard's 'bionic leaf' produces fuel using sunlight and water (Crave Extra)Imagine producing fuel in your own home using a man-made leaf, sunlight and water. This idea is now reality, thanks to Harvard researchers who are discovering and creating new processes and new materials to change the energy landscape.
Researchers at Harvard University have created a man-made leaf that converts water and sunlight into fuel. Harvard researcher Daniel Nocera and his team have been working on creating new processes and new materials to change the energy landscape. According to a short video posted on. Harvard's YouTube channel. He simply dropped this bionic leaf into water and hit it with sunlight, and out one side comes hydrogen and out the other side coms oxygen says Daniel Nocera in the video. You can then use the hydrogen right out of the leaf for fuel or convert the hydrogen using an engineered bacteria. Which devours the hydrogen molecules and leaves behind isopropyl alcohol. This means you can produce your own fuel in your own home if you have bionic leaf, sunlight, and water. According to a Science magazine article abstract about the bionic leaf Coupling this hybrid device to existing photovoltaic systems, aka solar powered systems, would yield a CO2 reduction energy efficiency of -10%, exceeding that of natural photosynthetic systems. So what could be better than a real leaf. Read more about the bionic leaf at crave.cnet.com. [BLANK_AUDIO]