Hybrid artificial photosynthesis update

The main component of natural gas is methane. Nevertheless, we all know that natural gas is limited in our planet. Therefore, why don’t we find new techniques to produce methane? Researchers from the Berkeley Laboratories in the US, have developed an hybrid artifical photosynthesis to get it.

Berkeley hybrid artificial photosynthesis

Hybrid artificial photosynthesis to produce methane

The technology implemented in the hybrid system produces renewable hydrogen and uses it to synthesize carbon dioxide into methane. According to Peidong Yang, one of the researchers of the study, this development can be a great step forward:

This study represents another key breakthrough in solar-to-chemical energy conversion efficiency and artificial photosynthesis. By generating renewable hydrogen and feeding it to microbes for the production of methane, we can now expect an electrical-to-chemical efficiency of better than 50 percent and a solar-to-chemical energy conversion efficiency of 10-percent if our system is coupled with state-of-art solar panel and electrolyzer.

We must remark the importance of this discovery. Methane is the main component of natural gas. The extraction of natural gas may be done with techniques that could be dangerous like fracking. By this way, the production and supply of natural gas would be ensured and the risks associated diminished.

The results of this research study can be found in a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. It’s called “Hybrid bioinorganic approach to solar-to-chemical conversion”.

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