Biosolar breakthrough promises cheap, easy green electricity

The biochemist and a team of researchers have developed a system that taps into photosynthetic processes to produce efficient and inexpensive energy.The biosolar breakthrough has the potential to make “green” electricity dramatically cheaper and easier.the scientists harnessed the power of a key component of photosynthesis known as photosystem-I (PSI) from blue-green algae.This complex was then bioengineered to specifically interact with a semi-conductor so that, when illuminated, the process of photosynthesis produced electricity.Bruce’s ability to extract the photosynthetic complexes from algae was key to the new biosolar process.Lee Riedinger said This is a real scientific breakthrough that could become a significant part of our renewable energy strategy in the future

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