What is Solar Fuel?
Updated: Nov 3, 2021
Written by: Maya Ardon
"Solar fuel technologies use robust and efficient units to produce fuels that can be used as a clean alternative"
Solar fuel refers to a synthetic fuel produced using solar energy, a type of abundant renewable energy (US Department of Energy). Because the sun is a variable resource throughout the Earth at any given time, consolidating a reliable energy system using solar energy requires a way to store this energy so that it is readily-available. Thus, to store this energy, solar fuel technologies use robust and efficient units to produce fuels that can be used as a clean alternative within existing infrastructure (Papadantonakis and Lewis, 2016). Through the use of sunlight, technologies produce sustainable and readily-available fuels efficiently.
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Papadantonakis, K., & Lewis, N. (2016, June). Solar fuels. Lewis Research Group. Retrieved November 2, 2021, from http://nsl.caltech.edu/home/solar-fuels/.
US Department of Energy. (n.d.). DOE Explains...Solar Fuels. Energy.gov. Retrieved November 2, 2021, from https://www.energy.gov/science/doe-explainssolar-fuels.