Harnessing light for a solar-powered chemical industry

(RMIT University) Chemical manufacturing accounts for 10 percent of global energy consumption and 7 percent of industrial greenhouse gas emissions. In the US, it uses more energy than any other industry.Now researchers have developed a new nano-enhanced material that can capture 99% of light and convert it to power chemical reactions.As well as reducing the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing, the innovation could in future help deliver technologies like better infrared cameras and solar-powered water desalination.

Harnessing light for a solar-powered chemical industry

(RMIT University) Chemical manufacturing accounts for 10 percent of global energy consumption and 7 percent of industrial greenhouse gas emissions. In the US, it uses more energy than any other industry.Now researchers have developed a new nano-enhanced material that can capture 99% of light and convert it to power chemical reactions.As well as reducing the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing, the innovation could in future help deliver technologies like better infrared cameras and solar-powered water desalination.