Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) researchers have built a pilot-scale solar reactor that produces usable heat and oxygen, in addition to generating hydrogen with unprecedented efficiency for its size. A parabolic dish on the EPFL campus is easily overlooked, resembling a satellite dish or other telecommunications infrastructure. But this dish is special, because it […]

A collaborative research team from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and Caltech has built a solar reactor to make syngas – a precursor for hydrocarbon fuels (You may need to click the ‘translating’ link for completion.) uses only CO2, water and sunlight. The device is a solar cavity-receiver reactor that can thermochemically split […]