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Glasgow solar study aims to leap from solar power to solar fuel

Imagine a world where renewable energy could be converted into fuel that’s simple to store and where greenhouse gases could be removed from the atmosphere and put back into the ground. The stuff of science fiction? At the moment yes but one day it could be a reality thanks to a groundbreaking multi-million pound, multidisciplinary Glasgow University project funded by the EPSRC.

Whether it’s generated by sun, wind or some other means, electricity is difficult to store and essentially has to be used straight away. Researchers at the university’s Solar Fuels Group, working in Professor Lee Cronin’s chemistry lab, have been carrying out experiments that enable the energy from electricity to be stored.

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