A new "leaf" in the solar energy story in India
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 0 comments
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For years, scientists all over the world have been the powerhouse for driving the economy by coming up with new innovations that could attempt to answer the "power of future". The product takes years of research, combining past formulas and coming up with new variations. Then the real task of implementing these formulas on the real systems comes into picture. Then the prototype undergoes rigorous testing under varied conditions. After taking cues from the test results and incorporating the changes in the prototype, we come across an article which says "The world's artificial leaf created". Kudos to all the scientists working day-in and day-out towards innovating products to make this world a better and convenient place to live in.
Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT… I assume around 2 out of the 5 innovations in the world comes up from this place J), have created an artificial leaf which works on the similar "photosynthesis" process. The leaf splits water into hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight at an economical cost. The H and O can be used to produce electricity via fuel cells.
The structure of the leaf contains silicon, electronics and catalysts, substances to accelerate the process at low voltages. The prototype has worked for 45 continuously without any drop in the efficiency levels. Nocera, the developing firm is optimistic of rolling it out in India by end of 2011.
This "artificial leaf" is hailed as the next big thing for addressing the energy issues in developing and under-developed countries. According to the people involved, a single gallon of water can provide power enough for a whole day's energy requirement in a family. And the best part is, it doesn't need ultra pure water!!!
So what is your take on this new development?
Image Source: Imperial College London