On June 6th the fourth Club Science of this year will take place at the Institut Français! Dr. Athanasios Chatzitakis and his colleague Larissa Chaperman will present their research on solar energy capture and storage.
Solar energy is by far the largest renewable energy resource. The amount of solar energy that reaches the earth in one hour is approx. 13.5 terawatt (TW), while the global population in 2011 consumed 15 TW during the whole year. The consumption is expected to reach approx. 30 TW by 2050, and in principle, it can be covered in three hours by the sun! Currently, less than 2% of fuels and electricity are provided by solar energy during one year. Two are the main challenges: a) finding materials that can efficiently capture solar energy and b) storing this huge amount of energy. In this presentation, we will discuss a new system that can capture and convert sunlight into a high energy density fuel as hydrogen is. This system of ‘’artificial photosynthesis’’ is unique, as it requires only sunlight and humidity to operate.
Rendez-vous on June, Thursday 6th, 18:00, at the Institut français for a new Club Science conference in English! Right after the conference there will be French wine and food to share.
The event is free of charge. Registration (below) is mandatory.