Panasonic announced July 30 it has developed an artificial photosynthesis system that uses sunlight to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into organic material at an efficiency level of 0.2 percent, comparable to that of real plants used for generating biomass energy.
The system uses a nitride semiconductor that makes the system simple, efficient and easily scalable for real-world applications. This development will be instrumental in developing a practical system for capturing and converting carbon dioxide waste from incinerators, power plants and other industrial activities.
This development was partially presented at the 19th International Conference on the Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy, held in Pasadena, Calif., on July 30.
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