The device makes use of solar panels and collects water vapor from the atmosphere to create massive amounts of hydrogen
A research team of scientists at the KU Leuven, Belgium, have created a device that makes use of solar energy, coupled with moisture from the atmosphere to produce a very high yield of hydrogen gas. The device has demonstrated the capability to generate 250 liters of hydrogen on a daily basis, numbers far greater than what has been achieved in other processes so far. Provided with necessary infrastructure like storage tanks and underground housing units, an array of these devices will drastically cut electricity and heating costs in the area of implementation.
The largest problem with solar power lies in storing the power for later use. Reserve power can often times not suffice to cope with the requirements of a household, and batteries inevitably tend to lose power over time as they get discharged. Powering systems with naturally synthesized hydrogen, cuts down on the storage problem as hydrogen can easily be stored in underground storage tanks, while delivering a power output efficiency of 15%, almost equivalent to that of solar alternatives. There is also the added advantage of significantly lesser costs.
"We wanted to design something sustainable that is affordable and can be used practically anywhere, we’re using cheap raw materials and don't need precious metals or other expensive components.” Professor Johan Martens, the lead of the experiment.
A prototype of the complete setup is all set to be tested in a rural Belgian town Oud-Heverlee. Based on those results, the research team will begin to create designs to implement the setup for various uses. The team is also looking at making the technology ready to be used for agricultural and retail applications as well.
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