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Team led by MIT, Caltech wins $20 million grant

Team led by MIT, Caltech wins $20 million grant
Funds to support push for solar-fuel power plants

A $20 million funding has been granted to a team led by MIT and Caltech scientists to support efforts to realise the dream of fulfilling the global energy demand with the help of solar-fuel power plants.

The funds granted by the Chemical Bonding Center, a National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry programme, will provided for the Powering the Planet collaboration for a period of five years.

In the year 2005, National Science Foundation awarded a Phase I Chemical Bonding Center award to the team of scientists from MIT and Caltech, who spent a total of $1.5 million and 3 years of Phase I carrying out initial work and instituting public outreach schemes for their concept.

In conducting initial research, the scientists suggested to create nano-scale materials in order to make fuel from water and sunlight.

The work has shown positive results, and the collaboration has opened out to eighteen senior researchers at 12 institutions.

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