Ramaraja Ramasamy is developing technology to steal energy plants create during photosynthesis
Ramaraja Ramasamy,right, and Yogeswaran Umasankar work together to capture energy created during photosynthesis
New technology out of the University of Georgia allows energy generated by plants through photosynthesis to be captured before the plants can make use of it (Image: Shutterstock)
Millions of years of evolution has resulted in plants being the most efficient harvesters of solar energy on the planet. Much research is underway into ways to artificially mimic photosynthesis in devices like artificial leaves, but researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) are working on a different approach that gives new meaning to the term “power plant.” Their technology harvests energy generated through photosynthesis before the plants can make use of it, allowing the energy to instead be used to run low-powered electrical devices.
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