22 Apr '12, 10pm

Nature’s Billion-Year-Old Battery Key to Storing Energy

Nature’s Billion-Year-Old Battery Key to Storing Energy

This article was originally published on the website of Concordia University . New research at Concordia University is bringing us one step closer to clean energy. It is possible to extend the length of time a battery-like enzyme can store energy from seconds to hours, a study published in the Journal of The American Chemical Society shows. László Kálmán is an associate professor in Concordia’s Department of Physics. Concordia Associate Professor László Kálmán — along with his colleagues in the Department of Physics , graduate students Sasmit Deshmukh and Kai Tang — has been working with an enzyme found in bacteria that is crucial for capturing solar energy. Light induces a charge separation in the enzyme, causing one end to become negatively charged and the other positively charged, much like in a battery. In nature, the energy created is used immediately, but Kálmán says...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/22/natures-billion-year-...

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