Popeye Would Love Spinach-based Hydrogen

Cartoons seemed to have gotten it right again last week, when our sister site Cleantechnica posted news out of the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tenessee, which announced a new process that converts visible light into hydrogen fuel, courtesy of ordinary, produce-spec Spinach.

Cleantechnica writer Tina Casey reports that researchers at Oak Ridge have been developing ways to harness the photosynthetic capabilities of spinach since the 1980s when they patented a way to turn spinach membranes into miniature electrical switches and began looking at ways to use spinach proteins to fabricate solar cells as a cheaper, renewable, and more readily available alternative to silicon.

The end result of that research wasn’t electricity, but hydrogen, so the research seems to have paid off!

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Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.