oa CSIR Science Scope - Mechanisms of photosynthesis may provide solutions to energy crisis
|Article Title||Mechanisms of photosynthesis may provide solutions to energy crisis|
|© Publisher:||Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)|
|Journal||CSIR Science Scope|
|Publication Date||Apr 2007|
The most abundant and environmentally friendly energy source is solar energy. A considerable amount of research exists into the use of solar energy for a variety of applications, mostly in the area of photovoltaic devices, using inorganic materials. With these kinds of systems and materials, the efficiencies are often very low (less than 10%). However, as in many other instances, nature has developed her own solar energy trapping and conversion system, called photosynthesis. Research into this area is therefore of crucial importance, not only from basic scientific interest but also for all our lives, in providing for our future energy needs in an environmentally friendly manner.
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