New solar fuel machine 'mimics plant life'
BBC/Journal Science
23-Dec-2010 (one comment)

A prototype solar device has been unveiled which mimics plant life, turning the Sun's energy into fuel.

The machine uses the Sun's rays and a metal oxide called ceria to break down carbon dioxide or water into fuels which can be stored and transported.

Conventional photovoltaic panels must use the electricity they generate in situ, and cannot deliver power at night.

Details are published in the journal Science.


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by Roozbeh_Gilani on

This seem to be a different technology from current solar cell panels using photovolatic properties inherent in semiconductor devices. A drawback of current technology of solar pannels is the environmental impact of producing the silcon based materials in the first place.

Any form of solar technology would be ideal for a country like Iran with immense supply of solar energy....