According to The Asahi Shimbun, Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc. said it has gone one better than even plants, improving the efficiency of its artificial photosynthesis technology to a world record level.
The Toyota Motor Corp. group research institute, based in Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, announced that the technology now surpasses plants in its conversion efficiency. Plants use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into organic matter in photosynthesis.
The institute expects its artificial photosynthesis technology will lead to a promising means for an effective use of CO2.
Researchers are hoping it will become possible in the future to collect CO2 emitted from factories and use it in artificial photosynthesis by means of this technology.
The researchers conducted a study to use the energy of sunlight to generate formic acid, an organic substance, from CO2 and water. They assume the formic acid will be used as a raw material for generating hydrogen or as fuel for generating power.
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