Scientists from the University of Cambridge are working on a project that could pave the way for automated floating factories producing green petrol or diesel.
The innovative system hinges on a floating artificial leaf, a brainchild of Cambridge researchers, capable of converting sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into synthetic fuel.
How Floating Factories Work?
Inspired by photosynthesis in plants, thin-film metal oxides and perovskite materials resulted in a highly efficient, millimetre-thick device resembling a natural leaf.
Floating on water, this artificial leaf uses sunlight to produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide.
The artificial factories provides the groundwork for green kerosene and eco-friendly diesel or petrol.
Initiative is Revolutionary
Beyond automobiles, the technology holds promise for significant sectors like shipping and aviation.
Cargo vessels, responsible for over 80% of global trade, emit substantial carbon dioxide.
Providing an alternative source of transport for vessels and ships could revolutionize how we run the world, the searchers said.