Harvard scientists convert sunlight to liquid fuel

February 12, 2015 6:03 PM

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Harvard scientists convert sunlight to liquid fuel

But America is a liquid fuel kind of nation. To help wean American's off their love of gasoline, researchers at Harvard have found a way to turn solar energy into liquid fuel. It's like gas -- only good for the environment.

The liquifying process relies on bacteria. After a sort of a artificial leaf -- similar to a photovoltaic cell -- splits the absorbed sunlight into hydrogen and oxygen, a lab-engineered bacterium (Ralstonia eutropha) is introduced. The bacteria combines the hydrogen with carbon dioxide to create a l...

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