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By using knowledge of plant photosynthesis we could soon develop new forms of renewable energy through artificial leaves

An artificial leaf that can harvest energy from the sun faster than a natural one could lead to a new generation of renewable energy and medical technologies.

Over hundreds of millions of years, evolution has refined a process that allows plants to use the sun's energy to turn carbon dioxide and water into the sugary fuel they need to grow.

The elegant series of biochemical reactions involved in this process are some of the fundamental building blocks of life on this planet.

Scientists in Ruhr-University Bochum created a semi-artificial leaf that incorporates some of the components honed by evolution to produce a device that is up to six times more efficient.

Dr Plumeré hopes this approach could eventually deliver new, simple and cheap solar-cell technologies—also known as photovoltaic cells—based on photosynthesis, although he warns the technology is still years away from finding commercial applications.

"Large-scale green photovoltaics could simply be painted on a wall to collect solar energy directly at their point of use," he said.

More info: https://phys.org/news/2017-09-nature-power-sun.html

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One of central London’s most traffic-infested streets could be turned into 'green boulevard'

London-based landscape experts have suggested Fleet Street could become the first major thoroughfare to be closed to traffic and used to improve air quality and enhance biodiversity.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/one-of-central-london-s-most-trafficinfested-streets-could-be-turned-into-green-boulevard-a3657986.html
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Palacete Chafariz D'el Rei, Lisbon, Portugal

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Old Yellow Door in Lisbon, Portugal

"For me, Lisbon means inspiration, joy, beauty, sun, love for every detail..." - Anamarija Marinovic

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Study: Solar Heating Could Provide More Than 80% Of Heating Energy For Households In Finland

Up to around ~80% of the heating energy needed for Finnish households could be met through the use of solar energy, depending upon the method of technical implementation, according to a new study from Aalto University.

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/07/30/study-solar-heating-provide-80-heating-energy-households-finland/
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Solar-powered biodome sustains all four seasons at the same time, under one roof

Italian architect Carlo Ratti just unveiled plans for a stunning biodome that recreates all four seasons under one solar-powered roof. The Garden of the Four Seasons is a 2,500-square-meter long enclosed garden that uses innovative climate-control technology to recreate the distinct atmospheres of all four seasons, all year long.

http://inhabitat.com/solar-powered-biodome-sustains-all-four-seasons-at-the-same-time-under-one-roof/
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Speaking of minimalist, bauhaus-esque solarpunk, here's the work of artist and architect César Manrique
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Project Sunroof

Your own personalized solar savings estimator, powered by Google Earth imagery.

https://blog.google/products/maps/shedding-light-solar-potential-all-50-us-states/

https://www.google.com/get/sunroof#p=0
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Solarpunk includes a vision of a positive future, that starts from the world we have now and blends nature and technology
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