20 Aug '15, 1pm

This ‘artificial leaf’ could be the cleanest, most efficient source of renewable energy on Earth

Professor Doug MacFarlane leads the Energy Program of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at Monash University and is one of the authors of the study. “We’re effectively trying to carry out photosynthesis artificially, and much more efficiently than plants do,” he told Mashable Australia. And they are. The artificial leaf—which isn’t likely to look like a leaf at all—generates clean energy through artificial photosynthesis at a rate of 22 percent energy efficiency. The previous record for energy efficiency in solar fuels was 18 percent. Most plants have an energy efficiency level between 1 and 2 percent, according to MacFarlane, so this artificial alternative represents a huge leap in output.

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