Energy Recap: Your Thoughts On Artificial Photosynthesis


SA Editor Michelle Carini

인공 광합성 Artificial Photosynthesis

최근에는 광합성 구조를 흉내 낸 인공 광합성 연구가 진행 중이다. 

아직 실용화 단계에 이르지는 못했지만, 이것이 실현되면 태양광을 단순히 에너지로 이용할 뿐만 아니라 연료물질로 변환시켜 저장·운반할 수 있으므로 에너지 문제가 해결될 수 있다.  

최근 캘리포니아 대학의 몇몇 연구가들은 '엽록소에 빛을 쬐면 자유전자가 생긴다'는 사실을 알아냈다. 이것은 자유전자가 있는 곳에서는 고주파의 일부가 흡수되는 현상을 이용·확인한 것이다. 이와 같은 결과로부터 '엽록소가 반도체의 성질을 지니고 있다'는 결론을 도출할 수 있다.

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Energy Recap. This week, we wanted to touch on the concept known as "artificial photosynthesis," which attempts to duplicate the "process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy into chemical energy that can later be released to fuel the organisms' activities." This has the potential to create an abundant and somewhat inexpensive supply of the clean energy we need to power our lives. Bill Gates has suggested that it could produce clean fuel for the "vehicles of tomorrow." And a great deal of research is being done by the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, "the nation's largest research program dedicated to the development of an artificial solar-fuels generation science and technology."

So, what's your take on artificial photosynthesis? Do you think it might have a significant impact on clean energy going forward? Please leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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