According to Penn State mechanical engineers porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water.  The team also sees applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for the new material. Donghai Wang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering said, The surface area of this [...]

Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory are busy developing catalysts to lower the energy demands, and thus the cost, of H2 production.  A hydrogen economy running on H2 gas, free from the pollution and politics of fossil fuels depends on developing an energy-efficient strategy for splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen. The problem is that [...]

There’s progress on hydrogen based fuel from efforts to produce fuels with artificial photosynthesis known commonly as the artificial leaf.  A new study by Berkeley Lab researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) shows that nearly 90 percent of the electrons generated by a hybrid material designed to store solar energy in hydrogen [...]

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have combined cheap, oxide-based materials to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases using solar energy with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 1.7 percent, the highest reported for any oxide-based photoelectrode system.  The big deal is the lost cost angle. Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into [...]

The United Kingdom’s Birmingham City University in a partnership with UK motorsport entrepreneur and manufacturer Spencer Ashley and the DYPDC center for automotive research in Pune is set to showcase the concept and design behind what could prove to be the world’s first affordable hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transport vehicle. The University’s technology leading project [...]

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