Photoreactor Overcomes Sunlight Variation

Real-time control provides more-consistent production of chemicals

mn Timothy Noel of the Eindhoven University of Technology monitors the natural sunlight experiments conducted on the rooftop

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, have improved the microphotoreactor they developed to use solar energy and microchannels to manufacture pharmaceuticals (see: Artificial Leaf Spurs Energy-Efficient Reactions). Now, the team reports their “mini-factory” can keep production at the same level, regardless of variations in sunlight due to cloudiness or time of the day.In their original work, the researchers took a cue from nature and used a relatively new material called a luminescent solar concentrator to capture and store sunlight similar to the way plants operate. In this material, they then applied very thin channels,…

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