Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Praying for an Energy Miracle

Researchers at Caltech are working on a different solution. They are trying to invent a fundamentally new way of producing liquid fuels directly from sunlight, inspired by the way green plants convert sunlight to sugars. If this quest for "artificial photosynthesis" succeeds, it will address one of solar energy's fundamental challenges: how to store the power until it's needed. This research—a joint project of Caltech and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—will be supported by $122 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy, pending Congressional appropriation of the funds. More>