Friday, April 01, 2011
MIT Scientists Create Artificial Solar Leaf That Can Power Homes
An April fools prank? Not likely, since this was published in Inhabitat.com on March 28th. Scientist Dr. David Nocera has perfected a low-cost, artificial leaf-like device, that like a real leaf, mimics the process of photosynthesis. Nocera announced the creation of a miniature solar cell at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society last week. Nocera hopes to use his “leaf” to help make individual homes capable of becoming their own self-sufficient power stations.
Nocera’s “leaf” is ready for commercial production and distribution. Hopefully one day soon, each home will find it as common as a hot water heater!