Reseachers Produce Hydrogen by Splitting Water with Sunlight

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posted on Sep, 25 2007 @ 11:41 AM
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Splitting Water with Sunlight

Hydrogen is one of the most important fuels of the future, and the sun will be one of our most important sources of energy. Why not combine the two to produce hydrogen directly from solar energy without any detours involving electrical current? Why not use a process similar to the photosynthesis used by plants to convert sunlight directly into chemical energy?

Researchers from the German Max Planck Institute have now developed a catalyst that may do just that. As they report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, titanium disilicide splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. And the semiconductor doesn’t just act as a photocatalyst, it also stores the gases produced, which allows an elegant separation of hydrogen and oxygen.



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Is this the 'holy grail' the hydrogen economy is looking for? The technology also separates and stores the hydrogen and oxygen with a method that is apparently "technically simpler."

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[edit on 25-9-2007 by Beachcoma]




posted on Sep, 25 2007 @ 12:27 PM
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Well while I dont have the credentials to say that this could be the holy
grail fo renewable energy that the Hydrogen econmy needs, I do have to
say that this is very welcome news. Its great to see people using methods
from out of the box to solve the so called energy crisis. And how cool is it
that they are using the suns rays to aid in the splitting of the hydrogen?
That deserves many a
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Thanks for bringing this to my attention Beachcoma. Star for you.



posted on Oct, 3 2007 @ 12:29 PM
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WOW
I'm surprised this isn't getting more comments, as the implications are HUGE !!!!



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