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Limits on Natural Photosynthesis

Limits on Natural Photosynthesis
Egbert Boeker, Rienk van Grondelle
Photosynthesis in nature does not use the far infrared part of the solar spectrum (λ > 900 nm), comprising about 30% of the incoming solar energy. By simple thermodynamic arguments it is explained that this is due to the unavoidable back reactions during the night. It follows that λ ≈ 900 nm provides a natural limit on artificial photosynthesis. The same limit holds for a two-tandem Si solar cell.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b03024

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b03024

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