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Generation of clean fuels

Generation of clean fuels
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Key Info
  • Generation of clean fuels
  • Duration: 03:49
  • Scientists at the University of Glasgow are trying to replicate the process of photosynthesis in the laboratory. Hydrogen and oxygen could be used as clean fuels of the future. It is also hoped that in the future it will be possible to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into organic fuels.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Chem: Oil and Fuels

  • Keywords: photosynthesis replication, photolysis, hydrogen, clean fuels, oxygen, carbon dioxide, botany
Ideas for use in class
  • This can be used to introduce the idea of using natural processes as the basis for scientific innovation (biomimetics). It is also a good way to look at the need for ways to reduce the impact of global warming, and to produce clean fuels. It can be used as a link between Biology and chemistry, to look at molecular structure of water and how the water molecule can be broken down. At a higher level, it can be used to look at the light dependant reactions and photolysis in particular.
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  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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