Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Synthetic Photosynthesis?

Scientists have discovered the structure of the catalyst for photosynthesis.

This is awesome. Photosynthesis is a very efficient way to split water and could be used to make Hyrogen cheaply. This is awesome. Making hydrogen cheaply is one of the biggest problems with going to a Hydrogen economy. Even if Hydrogen is healthier for the atmosphere and more efficient, it's very cost prohibitive at the moment.

Personally I'm a proponent of using renewable clean energy sources such as wind, solar, wave, and hydroelectic methods to generate the hydrogen to at least make it cleanly. However, all of these are fairly inefficient methods of generating electricity. There have been some great strides in both solar and wind efficiency over the past 2 or 3 years. Wave and Tidal energy are just in their infancy and nobody is benefiting from these at all right now, over the next 10 years while these kinds of energy plants roll onto the grid we'll at least get a little boost in clean energy. I haven't read anything about any kinds of improvements in hydroelectic plants to make them more efficient. We already have a lot of these, if they could be refitted with new hardware inside the plants that are more efficient, that would be another big benefit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

By the looks of it, it seems like the world is going to be just fine after petroluem becomes too expensive.I think synthetic photosynthesis should be funded alot more because it could potentially revolutionize the world. If you made a machine that had a solar or geothermal power source that turned co2 and water into glucose and oxygen you could make food for a fraction of what it costs now. All youd need are scraps of organic material