Fuel From Greenhouse Gases Converted From Underwater Solar Cells
Stanford engineers have managed to design a process using the Sun's energy to combine carbon dioxide and water to create artificial photosynthesis. Such process is now possible as they were able to design solar cells that are shielded against corrosion.
Climate change is a hot topic, and underwater solar cells could be playing a key role to fight against it. At Stanford, engineers were able to design principles to gain efficient energy with solar cells underwater by making them corrosion-free.
Stanford reporter Ramin Skibba acknowledges this as artificial photosynthesis might be the biggest leap in converting greenhouse gases into something useful. Instead of distributing energy through grids, the underwater solar cells will produce chemical reactions that convert captured greenhouse gas to fuel.
Published in "Nature Materials," this new work led by Stanford scientist Paul McIntyre uses artificial photosynthesis to mix greenhouse gases and water to create chemical reactions as its byproduct with the help of the Sun's energy. McIntyre's lab is also known to be the pioneer in the emerging field of artificial photosynthesis, creating new forms of renewable energy sources.
Photosynthesis uses the Sun's rays to mix air and water to create sugar. Artificially, when applied in solar cells underwater, they capture carbon dioxide and water to produce industrial fuel. The concept is good but it faces challenges like corrosion of silicon solar cells underwater, and to make them corrosion-proof disables them to get enough sunlight to produce chemical reactions.
With this in mind, McIntyre's lab developed water-resistant corrosion-proof solar cells in 2011. Alongside Stanford doctoral student Andrew Scheuermann, they showcased how to increase the energy of non-corrosive solar cells and have set a record of underwater solar power outputs.
The results are significant not only in the advanced performance of silicon cells for artificial photosynthesis but also in the designs to achieve high-performance semiconductors, catalysts and anti-corrosion layers. Globally, this artificial process just might play a key role in the fight against climate change.
New Fuel Economy: How Trump’s New Fuel Policies Affect Car Owners and Gas Prices
President Trump's rules and regulations on fuel is set to impact the auto industry and its customers significantly.
Global Warming: Antartica Weather To Blame For Fastest Melting Glacier
New research says that local Antarctica weather is the driving force behind the fastest melting glacier ever recorded. The reason for the rapid melting of the Pine Island glacier was previously blamed on continental winds.
Kristen Stewart Turns To Action In 'Underwater;' Actress Still Looking Forward To Another 'Twilight' Movie
Kristen Stewart and Fox are currently in negotiation for an upcoming movie, "Underwater." The actress is said to do the lead role, but there are no confirmations yet whether she will take the project or not. Meanwhile, Stewart is still being linked to a new "Twilight" movie which reports say she is interested in doing.
Is The Great Barrier Reef Dead? Here's What Scientists Say
The Great Barrier is not dead...yet. According to scientists, the reef is hanging by a thread and will most deifintely be wiped out from the face of the Earth if governments continue to promote the use of coal.
Thousands Of Demonstrators Piled Up In The Streets Of US For The ‘Not My President Day’
Protesters and demonstrators piled up in the streets of U.S. against the Trump Administration.
GOP Tells NASA To Focus On Space, Forget Climate Change
GOP tells NASA to stop its researches on climate change and focus on space missions instead. The Republican Party also threatens to defund the space agency as it steadfastly continues to tweet news about the rapid changes brought on by the effect of climate change.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
iOS 11 Plagued with Untested Bugs and Early Adoption Pitfalls
Reports of nagging iOS 11 issues have started pouring in just a day after the software was released by Apple on supported devices.
'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 3 Delayed By Its Live-Action Movie? Ken Kenaki Returns With Another Identity?
"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3's release is delayed and there are countless speculations as to why it is being pushed back. Reports claim that the show is to give way to "One Punch Man" and "My Hero Acdemia" but new rumors say that it's lack of materials and storyline as well as its live-action movie are causing the delay.
‘Resident Evil 7: Not A Hero DLC’ First Gameplay Trailer Leaks Online
First gameplay trailer pertaining to RE7: Not A Hero DLC has just leaked on YouTube.