In a Dec 1, 2006 news release by the Imperial College London, a group of researchers have put together two molecules found in human blood in a novel way. The molecules, after some manipulation and coaxing by solar energy, separate water into oxygen and hydrogen. The results of this research are profound. The old method of electrolysis was too inefficient to be profitable. This new technique seemingly would cut costs and, if followed through to its logical conclusion, could become the source of hydrogen for the new Hydrogen Fueled Economy. Safe, clean abundant energy may become a reality.
It may also be just a fascinating technical dead end, but it demonstrates the wide ranging fields that are just opening in the realm of biological research.
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