April 04, 2007

April 2, 2007
Could 'Artificial Photosynthesis' Lead to Renewable Solar Fuel?
Chicago, Illinois [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory are trying to design catalysts inspired by photosynthesis. The goal is to design a bio-inspired system that can produce fuels like methanol, methane, and hydrogen directly from water and carbon dioxide using renewable solar energy. Four Brookhaven chemists discussed their research on "artificial photosynthesis" last week at the 233rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Chicago. The Brookhaven research is funded through the DOE's Chemical Science Program (Photochemistry and Radiation Research) and Hydrogen Program, which implements the President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, a five-year program that began in 2003 to sponsor research, development and demonstration of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.