Vaayuneer Sciences is working upon a process to generate renewable energy from photosynthesis on a large scale by building upon the work done by one of the founders of the company, Mr. Sai Saranga Das M, during his M. Tech in Biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. The work was published in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology titled "PSII as an in vivo molecular catalyst for the production of energy rich hydroquinones - A new approach in renewable energy (this paper is attached in the other documents section for your perusal). The company has signed a Joint Development Agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras to build upon this work and scale it up, thereby generating intellectual property in the form of product and process patents. Work is currently underway in the institute.

Photosynthesis is a process that, at the molecular level, generates electrons through the splitting (photolysis) of water. The resulting electrons ...
Vaayuneer Sciences is working upon a process to generate renewable energy from photosynthesis on a large scale by building upon the work done by one of the founders of the company, Mr. Sai Saranga Das M, during his M. Tech in Biotechnology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. The work was published in the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology titled "PSII as an in vivo molecular catalyst for the production of energy rich hydroquinones - A new approach in renewable energy (this paper is attached in the other documents section for your perusal). The company has signed a Joint Development Agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras to build upon this work and scale it up, thereby generating intellectual property in the form of product and process patents. Work is currently underway in the institute.

Photosynthesis is a process that, at the molecular level, generates electrons through the splitting (photolysis) of water. The resulting electrons are moved through an electron transport chain (akin to electrons flowing through a wire) resulting in the generation of energy. The central idea of our process revolves around using these electrons for the sustainable in vivo reduction of benzoquinones, a class of organic compounds, by marine photosynthetic organisms to produce hydroquinones. To put simply, the hydrogen equivalent in water has been 'loaded' onto the benzoquinone, converting it into a hydroquinone. We have demonstrated that, on continuous reduction of benzoquinones over long time intervals, the resulting hydroquinone precipitates in the bulk solution, making its downstream extraction easier. Post extraction, these hydroquinones can be stored stably in solid form up until the point of energy extraction. This minimizes the requirement of an energy storage infrastructure which is a major cost component in the electricity generation and distribution ecosystem. Finally, these hydroquinones can be oxidized in an appropriate metal catalyst system or a fuel or electrochemical cell for the extraction of energy either in the form of hydrogen or electricity respectively, with water being a byproduct in both the cases. Since we are using a marine photosynthetic organism for this process, this water has in effect come sea water. Post oxidation of the hydroquinone, the corresponding benzoquinone is regenerated that can be used again in our process, making our process cyclic.
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