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Teaching algae to make fuel

Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling micro-organisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been harnessed for fuel production is that under ordinary circumstances, hydrogen production takes a […]

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Artificial Photosynthesis Could Power Future Jet Airplanes

To fly a jet by solar power might take football-fields worth of solar cells; but to turn sunlight into liquid fuel via artificial photosynthesis could someday power jet airplanes. Postdoctoral scholar Shane Ardo uses light to produce hydrogen gas (the bubbles) in water at the California Institute of Technology. There, at the Joint Center for […]

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