Algae and bacteria

Much research is currently being done on algae as a source for biodiesel. As a raw material for biodiesel, algae have a number of advantages over plants: they have a high oil content and are very productive. In addition, algae don’t need fresh water to grow, and can make use of industrial waste material as a source of nutrients. The algae also contain proteins, which can be used in the production of food and animal feed.

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Plants

BioSolar Cells does research on the genetic aspects of photosynthesis in various plant species: in particular how plants’ photosynthesis systems function under different growth conditions. The aim of our research is to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis in plants. 

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Artificial leaves

‘The best plants are fake ones’ was headline news on 3 May 2011. The newspaper was referring to the ‘artificial leaves’ that are being developed by BioSolar Cells. In these, solar energy is converted directly into fuel at a theoretical efficiency of at least 40%. By 2016 there should be two artificial systems up and running that convert sunlight into hydrogen.

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Science, society and art

BioSolar Cells’ research goes further than making the best possible use of solar energy. BioSolar Cells also wants to know what the general public thinks about these new technologies. Does the business community perceive opportunities for these new products? Will consumers buy these products?

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