World Economic Forum Emerging Technologies 2017: Liquid Fuels From Sunshine

Each year, the World Economic Forum publishes a diverse range of breakthrough technologies, chosen for their potential to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet. These technologies were also chosen for their level of maturity that would enable widespread take-up in the coming 3-5 years. The technologies were selected by the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and Global Future Councils in collaboration with Scientific American and its Board of Advisors’ (from World Economic Forum, weforum.org, June 26, 2017).

We skipped over number 3 and went to number 4 on the list, titled ‘Liquid Fuels From Sunshine’. Is it possible to create an artificial photosynthesis (AP) that might eventually be used to produce liquid hydrogen for fuel? According to Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a team of researchers are coming closer to using artificial photosynthesis for the production of hydrogen that can be used in electric cars and for storing solar energy. The success of this technology would challenge the use of fossil fuels, and advocates such as Bill Gates are excited about the possibilities. Gates was quoted by Reuters at the Paris climate talks in 2015 as saying that “if it (the technology) works, it would be magical”.

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