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Artificial Photosynthesis as a Frontier Technology for Energy Sustainability


Thomas Alured Faunce


Australian National University; Australian Research Council

Stenbjorn Styring


Uppsala University

Michael Wasielewski


Northwestern University

Gary Brudvig


Yale University

Bill Rutherford


Imperial College London

Johannes Messinger


University of Umea

Adam Lee


University of Wales System - Cardiff University

Craig Hill


Emory University

Huub DeGroot


Leiden University

Marc Fontecave


College de France

D. MacFarlane


Monash University

Ben Hankamer


University of Queensland

Daniel Nocera


University of Cambridge - MIT Institute

David Tiede


Argonne National Laboratory

Holger Dau


Free University of Berlin (FUB)

Warwick Hillier


Australian National University (ANU)

Lianzhou Wang


University of Queensland

Rose Amal


University of New South Wales (UNSW) - School of Accounting

March 5, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013, DOI: 10.1039/c3ee40534f

Abstract:     
Humanity is on the threshold of a technological revolution that will allow all human structures across the earth to undertake photosynthesis more efficiently than plants; making zero carbon fuels by using solar energy to split water (as a cheap and abundant source of hydrogen) or other products from reduced atmospheric carbon dioxide. The development and global deployment of such artificial photosynthesis (AP) technology addresses three of humanity’s most urgent public policy challenges: to reduce anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, to increase fuel security and to provide a sustainable global economy and ecosystem. Yet, despite the considerable research being undertaken in this field and the incipient thrust to commercialization, AP remains largely unknown in energy and climate change public policy debates. Here we explore mechanisms for enhancing the policy and governance profile of this frontier technology for energy sustainability, even in the absence of a global project on artificial photosynthesis.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 3

Keywords: artificial photosynthesis, solar fuels, solar energy, renewable energy, sustainability, nanotechnology

JEL Classification: R48, Q42, Q43, Q48, Q32, K33, K32

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Date posted: March 26, 2013  

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Faunce, Thomas Alured and Styring, Stenbjorn and Wasielewski, Michael and Brudvig, Gary and Rutherford, Bill and Messinger, Johannes and Lee, Adam and Hill, Craig and deGroot, Huub and Fontecave, Marc and MacFarlane, D. and Hankamer, Ben and Nocera, Daniel and Tiede, David and Dau, Holger and Hillier, Warwick and Wang, Lianzhou and Amal, Rose, Artificial Photosynthesis as a Frontier Technology for Energy Sustainability (March 5, 2013). Energy Environ. Sci., The Royal Society of Chemistry 2013, DOI: 10.1039/c3ee40534f. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2235961

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Thomas Alured Faunce (Contact Author)
Australian National University ( email )
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
61 2 61253563 (Phone)
Australian Research Council
Canberra, ACT 0200
Australia
Stenbjorn Styring
Uppsala University ( email )
Michael Wasielewski
Northwestern University ( email )
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
Gary Brudvig
Yale University ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
Bill Rutherford
Imperial College London ( email )
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom
Johannes Messinger
University of Umea ( email )
Umeå, SE 901 87
Sweden
Adam Lee
University of Wales System - Cardiff University ( email )
Aberconway Building,
Colum Drive
Cardiff, CF10 3EU
United Kingdom
Craig Hill
Emory University ( email )
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
Huub DeGroot
Leiden University ( email )
Postbus 9500
Leiden, 2300 RA
Netherlands
Marc Fontecave
College de France ( email )
11 Place Marcellin Berthelot
Paris, 75005
France
D. MacFarlane
Monash University ( email )
Wellington Road
Victoria, 3145
Australia
Ben Hankamer
University of Queensland ( email )
Australia
Daniel Nocera
University of Cambridge - MIT Institute ( email )
Cambridge
United Kingdom
David Tiede
Argonne National Laboratory ( email )
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439
United States
Holger Dau
Free University of Berlin (FUB) ( email )
Boltzmannstr
Berlin, Berlin 14195
Germany
Warwick Hillier
Australian National University (ANU) ( email )
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia
Lianzhou Wang
University of Queensland ( email )
St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia
Rose Amal
University of New South Wales (UNSW) - School of Accounting ( email )
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
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