Artificial leaf, renewable fabric, hydrogen truck, edible tray, plant bags, mushroom textiles: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 24th

October 23, 2019 |

This week we lead with an artificial leaf, which kinda sorta goes with plant-based shopping bags — seems as if we’re going one way, then the other, as The Pretenders once sang. Also in the news this week are renewable fabric, a hydrogen-based truck as Renault and Hyundai made big announces in the fuel cell world, while in the world of airlines we have the prospect of edible trays (no remarks please on airline food quality) and mushroom textiles are in the spotlight as well, though insiders call it Mycellum Made.

#1 Cambridge researchers develop ‘artificial leaf’ in new pathway for sustainable production of syngas 

In the UK, Cambridge researchers have successfully developed an ‘artificial leaf’ that can directly produce syngas in a sustainable manner, and they now hope to use a similar method to create sustainable liquid fuel as an alternative to petroleum. The researchers have stated that similar artificial leaves exist, but they exclusively produce hydrogen. The senior author, in discussing the prominence of syngas, noted that “being able to produce it sustainably would be a critical step in closing the global carbon cycle and establishing a sustainable chemical and fuel industry”

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