Madrid. Artificial leaves floating boats that produce clean fuels from sunlight and water and potentially operate on a huge scale in the sea are presented by Cambridge scientists at Nature Nail.
The process through which plants turn sunlight into food, known as photosynthesis, served as inspiration for the team’s ultra-thin, flexible gadget designs. These inexpensive, self-contained machines might be utilized to provide a sustainable substitute for gasoline without taking up any space on land because they are light enough to float.
Outdoor experiments with these thin sheets between King’s College Chapel, the Wren Library, and the Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge revealed that they are equally as effective at converting sunlight into fuel as plant leaves.
It is the first time that clean fuel has been produced in water, and if the artificial leaves are scaled up, they may be utilized in contaminated waterways, ports, or even at sea, reducing the reliance of the world’s shipping industry on fossil fuels.
We were interested in seeing how much we might cut back on the materials these gadgets require without sacrificing performance. These artificial leaves will have new applications if we can lower the materials to a point where they are light enough to float. Erwin Reisner, who oversaw the probe, added