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April 30th, 2012

Will Tiny Forests Brighten Our Future?

Abstract:
Now, another field, nanotechnology, has emerged as a new player in the quest to develop the cleanest power sources imaginable. In the simplest terms, nanotechnology is a discipline combining science and engineering with a focus on the use of infinitesimally small, or nano, particles. Previously, nanotechnology has been used in more material applications, such as creating a waterproof film for products ranging from windscreens to windbreakers. However, as the industry grows, engineers are realising further applications of the technology.

Recently, a team of researchers at the University of California in San Diego released the results of a fascinating study involving the use of nanotechnology to convert solar energy into hydrogen power. This experiment is ground breaking for many reasons, but mainly due to the fact that hydrogen has long been seen as one of the most attractive, but so far unaffordable and impractical, solutions to green energy needs. Most attempts to utilise hydrogen gas as fuel have shown that it can be rather expensive to produce in adequate quantities and that the production thus far has required the use of fossil fuels, which somewhat defeats the purpose.

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