Oil by-products in a lab
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Converting solar energy into new fuels

8 February 2012 Last updated at 10:25 GMT

A new research programme at Glasgow University is working on a technology to put oil back under the North Sea.

The Glasgow Solar Fuels Group aims to convert solar energy into new fuels that would be easy to store.

The multi-million pound collaboration also wants to remove greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.

BBC Scotland's Ken Macdonald reports.