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German Scientists Attempt to Harness the Power of Artificial Sunlight

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One of the biggest challenges with solar power is that it requires actual sunlight to reach peak efficiency. But a team of German scientists may have discovered a way to artificially create sunlight for the purposes of generating fuel.

The experiment involved 149 spotlights that combined to simulate the light produced by the sun. The lights were the type used in movie theaters. The team focused on a small spot within the lit area, measuring only 8 X 8 inches. The end result was the generation of 10,000 times the solar radiation that would be achieved by natural sunlight in the same area.

The goal of the research was to find methods of artificially manufacturing hydrogen in an area where sunlight can be limited during certain times of the year. The research is the latest in experiments to harness hydrogen for fuel. Hydrogen doesn’t produce carbon emissions when it’s burned, making it ideal for energy conservation.

Smaller versions of this experiment have been done previously, but the team hopes to take the research to the next level. Unfortunately, the multi-light approach used in Germany is too expensive to be a long-term solution. The ideology behind it could be applied to the use of natural sunlight for similar purposes.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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