posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 11:06 PM
"Scientists have taken a promising step toward the goal of generating a new source of clean energy, using little more than sunlight and water.
Dr Zhiguo Yi from the Australian National University (ANU) and collaborators in Australia, China and Japan have proven that a simple chemical based on
silver, called silver orthophosphate, can produce gaseous oxygen from water when exposed to visible light.
This breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Materials, raises the possibility that the silver compound could be used to 'split water' into
oxygen and hydrogen, allowing the hydrogen to be used as a clean fuel."
Cheap and effective means of harvesting hydrogen from water. About bloody time!
Reducing the VAST amounts of sparks needed in traditional Hydrogen generation,will make hydrogen power alot more digestible to fuel companies.
Hopefully this could herald a change on the wind for us,and make the weaning process from fossil fuels a tad less painless.
[edit on 6-6-2010 by Cygnus_Hunter]