‘Biosolar Leaf’ can absorb carbon-dioxide and discharge oxygen 100 times better than a typical tree

Imperial College London / Thomas Glover

There appears a glimmer of hope amidst all the doom and gloom of global warming and climate change. With the latest reports showing that our “measures” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have failed and are nowhere near the necessary levels to avoid a global catastrophe in the near future.

Scientists are taking matters into their hands despite the failure of world governments, institutions and businesses to act and enact laws to stop or slow down climate change runaway.

The newest invention in that endeavor is an artificial leaf called ‘Biosolar Leaf’ which is developed by Arborea.

The developers claim that the technology can scrub carbon-dioxide and release oxygen back into the atmosphere and can do the work of 100 trees using only the surface area of just one tree. It can also grow nutritious plant protein at the same time.

The secret is in cultivating micro plant life such as microalgae and phytoplankton on solar panels that can be installed virtually anywhere.

These solar panels will debut in London as an initiative between Imperial College, London and startup Arborea. The partnership hopes to install these solar panels on buildings, rooftops and cinemas.

The founder of Arborea, Julian Melchiorri said: “My goal is to tackle climate change and food security. This pilot plant will produce sustainable healthy food additives while purifying the air, producing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the surrounding environment.”

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