Scientists have developed a way to transform sunlight into fuel that could lead to an “unlimited source of renewable energy.”
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have reached this ‘milestone’ by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.
They did this through using a technique called semi-artificial photosynthesis that is based on the same process plants use to convert sunlight into energy.
Hydrogen, which is produced when the water is split, could potentially be a green and unlimited source of renewable energy.
Researchers did this by reactivating hydrogenase, an enzyme present in algae, that can reduce protons into hydrogen.
Oxygen is produced as a by-product of photosynthesis when the water absorbed by plants is ‘split’.