Scientific American recently reported on the results of energy research that should bring smiles to our faces. The study found that a living battery combining technology and living organisms performs photosynthesis more efficiently than plants do. The folks at Harvard who accomplished this are justifiably happy, and so am I.
By knitting fuels out of the excess CO2 in the air, this new bioreactor could help mitigate planet-warming pollution problems while bringing cleaner fuels to people who do not currently have access to modern energy. “This science you can do in your backyard. You don’t need a multi-billion dollar massive infrastructure,” Nocera says.
Although this is not yet an affordable, scaled-up technology, it provides hope and a beginning for further advancements. If we can find workable and efficient new energy sources, our future will be better in every way. Kudos to these, and other, scientists who will save the world.
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