Biotechnological storage and utilization of entrapped solar energy

Sumana Bhattacharya, Marc Schiavone, Amiya Nayak, Sanjoy K. Bhattacharya

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Abstract

Our laboratory has recently developed a device employing immobilized F 0F1 adenosine triphosphatase (ATPase) that allows synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) from adenosine 5′-diphosphate and inorganic phosphate using solar energy. We present estimates of total solar energy received by Earth's land area and demonstrate that its efficient capture may allow conversion of solar energy and storage into bonds of biochemicals using devices harboring either immobilized ATPase or NADH dehydrogenase. Capture and storage of solar energy into biochemicals may also enable fixation of CO2 emanating from polluting units. The cofactors ATP and NADH synthesized using solar energy could be used for regeneration of acceptor D-ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate from 3-phosphoglycerate formed during CO2 fixation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-167
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Biochemistry and Biotechnology - Part A Enzyme Engineering and Biotechnology
Volume120
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CO fixation
  • FF adenosine triphosphatase
  • Immobilization
  • Land area
  • Solar energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering

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