Scientists Create World's 1st Practical Artificial Leaf, 10X as Efficient as the Real Thing

Nature's Power Plant via WikimediaFrom harvesting energy to building networks, nature has been solving problems for billions of years longer than humans have How exactly does one turn sunlight and water into usable energy? If it were possible to ask any living organism on Earth this question, you could do far better than asking a biologist or a chemist, or any other human being for that matter, and take the question directly to a leaf. That's the goal of biomimicry: to take human problems and ask nature "how would you solve this?" And increasingly, such questions are changing everything, from energy to information technology to the way we build cities. Click to launch the photo gallery To see how a leaf works its magic, look no further than Dr. Daniel Nocera's lab at MIT. Yesterday, Nocera's team announced that it has created the first practical "artificial leaf", a synthetic silicon device that splits water into oxygen and hydrogen for fuel cells using sunlight just as a natural leaf does. Nocera's lea

Artificial Leaf Could Be More Efficient Than the Real Thing

By Mark Brown, Wired UK Speaking at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in California, MIT professor Daniel Nocera claims to have created an artificial leaf, made from stable ...

Mon 28 Mar 11 from Wired Science

Debut of the first practical 'artificial leaf'

Scientists today claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy — development of the first practical artificial leaf. Speaking here at the 241st National Meeting of the ...

Sun 27 Mar 11 from Phys.org

Cheap and efficient artificial leaf debuted

MIT researchers say they can make artificial leaves for less than $50 each

Thu 31 Mar 11 from Chemistry World

Scientists find 'Holy Grail' of science as they mastermind the world's first artificial leaf

The leaf, which is the same size as a playing card, mimics the process of photosynthesis that plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.

Mon 28 Mar 11 from Daily Mail

'Artificial leafs' turn water and sunlight into electricity

The sun is the biggest source of energy on our planet, and it’s all natural. It’s enough to realize that in one hour the sun produces enough energy to power all the electrical needs ...

Mon 28 Mar 11 from ZME Science

Six Ways Bio-Inspired Design is Reshaping the Future

Nature's Power Plant via WikimediaFrom harvesting energy to building networks, nature has been solving problems for billions of years longer than humans have How exactly does one turn sunlight ...

Mon 28 Mar 11 from Popular Science

MIT develops low-cost artificial leaf

MIT scientists have created what they say is the world's first practical 'artificial leaf', a solar cell the size of a playing card that mimics photosynthesis. read more

Mon 28 Mar 11 from TG Daily

World's First 'Practical' Artificial Leaf Can Cheaply Turn Water Into Energy

A team of chemistry and engineering scientists from MIT today announced the completion of their quest to create an artificial leaf that creates electricity from water like a leaf produces oxygen ...

Sun 27 Mar 11 from InventorSpot

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