Method Turns Ocean Water into Hydrogen Fuel
Using this method, as little as five liters of sea water per day would produce enough hydrogen to power an average-sized home and an electric car for one day.
The research team at UOW’s Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) have developed a light-assisted catalyst that requires less energy input to activate water oxidation, which is the first step in splitting water to produce hydrogen fuel.
A major limitation with current technologies is that the oxidation process needs a higher energy input, which rules out using abundant sea water because it produces poisonous chlorine gas.
The research team, led by Associate Prof. Jun Chen and Prof. Gerry Swiegers, have produced an artificial chlorophyll on a conductive plastic film that acts as a catalyst to begin splitting water.
Posted on June 19, 2013, in Energy, environment, SCIENCE and tagged Australian Research Council, Chemistry, Gordon Wallace, Hydrogen, Hydrogen fuel, Jun Chen, Seawater, Wollongong. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.