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Improving hydrogen production with copper nanowires

By Maja Bosanac
One Comment24 November 2013

copper-nanowire-catalyst-1A group of researchers at the Duke University have managed to devise a novel water splitting system that can produce storable hydrogen fuel. The system uses copper nanowires, fused in a see-through film, which can split water molecules using the power of sunlight. These nanowires offer an efficient and low cost method for solar energy… »


Improving hydrogen production with a bit of rust

By Damir Beciri
24 May 2013

duke-hydrogen-productionWhile hydrogen can be found nearly everywhere in the environment and it can be used to produce power, producing and collecting molecular hydrogen with current methods isn’t competitive with other sources of energy. Duke University engineers have developed a novel method for producing clean hydrogen, which could prove essential to weaning society off of fossil… »


Using sunlight and zinc oxide in hydrogen production

By Damir Beciri
8 April 2012

koepf-erik-solar-reactor-1Current traditional methods used to produce hydrogen rely on natural gas which releases carbon dioxide during conversion. There are alternative ways that are yet to be improved, such as MIT’s Artificial Leaf and other artificial photosynthesis systems, and researchers from University of Delaware (UD) came up with a different approach by designing a reactor that… »


Artificial leaf uses solar energy to split the oxygen and hydrogen in water

By Damir Beciri
One Comment2 October 2011

mit-artificial-leafResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have produced something they’re calling an “artificial leaf” – a silicon solar cell with different catalytic materials bonded onto its two sides which enable it to produce oxygen and hydrogen. Once the material is placed under water and illuminated by sunlight, it needs external sources of power… »

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Bioengineered algae could be used to produce hydrogen from water

By Rob Aid
3 Comments24 May 2011

mit-hydrogen-producing-algae-1Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria are capable to use the energy from sunlight in order to produce compounds needed for their own survival, and during that process they split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. A group of researchers found a way to… »