It's amazing that something like this could come out of BYU, which, according to
the PAC 10, is not a research institution.
Chalk up another important "discovery" from BYU! Keep it up guys, you
This is awesome. I love how the University is taking the lead in doing something
about the energy crisis.
"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.
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.
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
Excuse me, make that "photon-heavy layer" :)