On This Day In Chemistry

September 27th

Giacomo Ciamician published his prediction of the use of solar energy in Science on this day in 1912

He predicted that humans would one day be able to directly convert sunlight into energy, stored in a ‘fuel’ as an alternative to fossil fuels. Today, photovoltaic solar panels can produce electricity, but scientists are also working towards other methods of harnessing the sun’s power, such as solar fuels that mimic photosynthesis.

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