New solar machine can produce hydrogen fuel

By on December 26, 2010
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Solar powered cars? We are getting there.

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I am going to be a little scientific here, most i don’t even understand, but hear me out fellow geeks.

A new prototype solar device has been tooled up that can convert sunlight into fuel, like a plant. Conventionally, photo-voltaic panels “must use the electricity they generate” on site, and thus cannot produce energy at night. However, the machine uses sun’s rays along with ceria (a metal oxide) that breaks down carbon dioxide or water fuels allowing them to be stored and transported.

So what does this mumbo jumbo mean? Solar powered cars. Yup, the device can be used to produce hydrogen which can fuel up hydrogen-based cars of the future. With the machine compacted enough to be fit into a car, it can capture sun rays and produce fuel on the go. Imagine that. But not too much, the current tech is too inefficient with only 0.7 percent of solar energy converted into fuel – but researchers claim that it can be boosted upto nearly 20 percent. That’s going to take a while, though, which is still not enough to power cars. We are mostly decades away from using this tech in our daily purposes. Let’s hope we are alive by then.

Source: BBC (via Engadget).


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