Artificial leaf could grow a layer of ice in desert conditions

A Dutch artist is aiming to create an artificial leaf in the Sahara Desert that can grow a layer of ice on its underside.

‘Sunglacier’, as the project has been dubbed, will feature a 200m2 surface covered in photovoltaic solar cells, which will power cooling condensers on the underside of the elm leaf-shaped structure to soak up humidity from the desert air and turn it into ice.

Ap Verheggen, the artist behind the project, hopes it will encourage people to believe that the impossible is possible when it comes to dealing with climate change.