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BYU team finds new way to harvest solar energy

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  • S Ahiwlsa Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    Excuse me, make that "photon-heavy layer" :)

  • S Ahiwlsa Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    This work also reminds me of the work of Gerald Pollack at the University of Washington and the "exclusion zone" water that can power a lightbulb along with the photo-heavy layer outside the EZ when the liquid crystalline form of water grows. The EZ grows as light is applied, again analogous to photosynthesis. Seems water and light would be less expensive for "growing" power. We need creative minds to come up with ways to store it.

  • S Ahiwlsa Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    Are these guys building on the work of Daniel Nocera from MIT? He suggested in 2007 that energy could be harvested from an artificial photosynthesis process. He lectured on it at the University of Utah in 2008. It would be intersting to know if Watt was inspired by Nocera.

  • Eco-Weenie Dayton, OH
    Jan. 29, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    "Another part of expanding this on a broader scale would be finding an abundant biomass source, such as corn stalks, or grass clippings that could be recycled to provide a ready source of electrons, rather than the citrate, Watt said"

    That might indicate that unlike photovoltaics, something is being consumed in this process. So this might be more analagous to biofuel production, with the same drawbacks.

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    This is awesome. I love how the University is taking the lead in doing something about the energy crisis.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    Chalk up another important "discovery" from BYU! Keep it up guys, you are amazing.

  • bengel Sandy, UT
    Jan. 29, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    It's amazing that something like this could come out of BYU, which, according to the PAC 10, is not a research institution.