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Glasgow biofuels scientist unfurls ‘electric leaf’

Scottish scientists have found a more efficient way to make biofuels, using electricity rather than sunlight.

Their “electric leaf” is based on photosynthetic bacteria whose biochemistry has been changed through radical genetic engineering to make a liquid hydrocarbon very similar to petrol. The energy input will be electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind or sun.

Richard Cogdell, head of the Glasgow Solar Fuels project at Glasgow University in Scotland, described the breakthrough at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Vancouver.

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