The artificial solar leaf

Renewable energy: solar power

Description

The artificial leaf produces solar power using photosyntheses like any other leaf. scientists put it on artificial plants. It develops a chemical reaction that stores solar energy in the form of hydrogen.

How is this renewable?

It is renewable because it absorbs solar power and reuses it.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • It can generate a clean source of hydrogen.
  • It could help discover a cheaper kind of biofuel.
  • It could be more efficient than current solar energy.
Cons:

  • The artificial leaf is expensive.
  • It can only power small fuel cells.
  • Currently scientists can only develop small ones.

Fun facts

  • Scientists put it into a quart of water.
  • The artificial leaf makes solar fuel from the sun.