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There’s wind, there are photovoltaic cells, but we need a way to store the energy. Could artificial photosynthesis – turning the sun’s energy into a fuel, such as hydrogen – one day replace dirty coal and other fossil fuels as a plentiful source of green, clean energy We analyse how far this technology has come.

“If the leaf can do it, we can do it even better.”

It was a valiant statement, made six years ago at the opening of the ‘Solar to Fuels and Back Again’ symposium at Imperial College London. Numerous conferences and symposiums and plenty of research later, however, we are still not able to mimic the most efficient power station created by nature, the humble leaf.

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