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Learning energy lessons from plants

Sir Richard Friend sees huge potential in photosynthesis.

Forget about working like beavers. If only we could work as efficiently as potatoes — or dandelions — we’d really be getting somewhere.

That’s what Sir Richard Friend would like to do.

The Cambridge University scientist is trying to simulate photosynthesis — the process that leafy plants use to harness sunlight and convert it to chemical energy.

Plants, he says, are way ahead of humans in learning to use solar power.