British scientists seek nano-based approach to create chemicals from solar power

07/5/2011 | GreenWiseBusiness.co.uk (U.K.)

Researchers from British universities are working on a "nanocell" that will use solar energy to power the production of alternative fuels and feedstock chemicals, including converting methane to liquified methanol. "Our sun provides far more energy than we will ever need, but we use it really inefficiently. To make better use of the fantastic resource we have in our sun, we need to find out how to create solar fuel that can be stored and shipped to where it is needed and used on demand," said Wendy Flavell, a professor at the University of Manchester's Photon Science Institute.

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