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Artificial photosynthesis for solar fuels.

Abstract

This contribution was presented as the closing lecture at the Faraday Discussion 155 on artificial photosynthesis, held in Edinburgh Scotland, September 5-7 2011. The world needs new, environmentally friendly and renewable fuels to exchange for fossil fuels. The fuel must be made from cheap and "endless" resources that are available everywhere. The new research area of solar fuels aims to meet this demand. This paper discusses why we need a solar fuel and why electricity is not enough; it proposes solar energy as the major renewable energy source to feed from. The scientific field concerning artificial photosynthesis expands rapidly and most of the different scientific visions for solar fuels are briefly overviewed. Research strategies and the development of artificial photosynthesis research to produce solar fuels are overviewed. Some conceptual aspects of research for artificial photosynthesis are discussed in closer detail.

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  • Authors

    Styring S

    Institution

    Department of Chemistry, Angström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Box 523, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden. Stenbjorn.Styring@fotomol.uu.se

    Source

    Faraday discussions 155: 2012 pg 357-76

    MeSH

    Bioelectric Energy Sources
    Biofuels
    Electrochemistry
    Electron Transport
    Green Chemistry Technology
    Hydrogen
    Light
    Models, Molecular
    Oxidation-Reduction
    Oxygen
    Photochemistry
    Photosynthesis
    Solar Energy
    Sunlight
    Water

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22470985