Short-circuiting our fossil fuel habits

Moore, Andrew
March 2005
EMBO Reports;Mar2005, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p205
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the research into new biological sources of energy, that seeks to short-circuit the time needed to turn sunlight into usable energy. The essential principle in harnessing the sun's energy is always the same--the light-induced excitation of an electron in a pigment molecule. One of the attractions of turning biomass directly into energy is that it does not release additional carbon dioxide. Self-sufficient, decentralized energy production that uses biomass works on the principle that the material being fermented into methane and burnt is already growing again in local fields.


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