• The system has the potential to fundamentally change the chemical and oil industry in that we can produce chemicals and fuels in a totally renewable way, rather than extracting them from deep below the ground.
  • The heart of the new system is an array of minute silicon and titanium oxide wires studded with Sporomusa ovata bacteria. The “nanowires” capture light energy and deliver it the bacteria, which convert carbon dioxide in the air into acetate.
  • They are currently working on our second-generation system, which has a solar-to-chemical conversion efficiency of 3 percent. Once we can reach a conversion efficiency of 10 percent in a cost-effective manner, the technology should be commercially viable.

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