Photosynthesis is soon going to find an application in fuel-production. Instead of producing biofuel, the process will generate hydrogen fuel, only if the Yale Solar Group succeeds in splitting water into its elementary components using sunlight. The team members Charles Schmuttenmaer, Gary Brudvig, Robert Crabtree and Victor Batista have dedicated themselves to researches, involving artificial photosynthesis, for the past 25 years. In fact, they have discovered a water-splitting crystal that could function in a photo-electrochemical cell that splits water photosynthetically.
Now, the team is working to assemble the ions present in water to create molecular hydrogen. Another option they can work on is to reduce CO2 to make methanol, as it is also a green fuel. Either way, they’ll be producing a carbon-neutral fuel.