The mission to design the “Holy Grail” of viable, affordable, and eco-friendly fuels employing sunlight has taken an exhilarating new turn.
A group of specialists from the University of Exeter on Renewable Energy has found a new method to create hydrogen using sunlight to produce a cheap, clean, and broadly available fuel.
The group designed a ground-breaking approach to split molecules of water into its ingredient parts (such as oxygen and hydrogen) employing sunlight. The hydrogen can then be employed as a fuel, with the ability to fuel daily items such as vehicles and homes.
Significantly, hydrogen fuel that can be generated via this artificial photosynthesis approach will not only rigorously lower emissions of carbon but will also generate a practically unlimited source of energy.
The revolutionary new research centers on the employment of a ground-breaking photoelectrode made from nanoparticles of the elements iron, lanthanum, and oxygen. The photoelectrode is an electrode that soaks light prior to starting electrochemical changes to pull out hydrogen from water.
The scientists think that this new kind of photoelectrode is not only low-priced to generate but can also be reproduced on a bigger scale for worldwide and mass use.
The study is posted in Scientific Reports, the leading journal.
Lead author on the paper and resident at the Environment and Sustainability Institute of University of Exeter in Cornwall on the Penryn Campus, Govinder Pawar, claimed: “With increasing population and economies, fossil fuels will not be capable of sustaining the worldwide energy requirement in a clean way since they are being depleted at a disturbing rate.”
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