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Artificial Photosynthesis Could Power Homes on a Bottle of Water

MIT chemist Dan Nocera claims that with just one bottle of drinking water and four hours of sunlight, he can generate 30 KWh of electric energy, being enough to power an entire home. This process consist in a a cobalt-based catalyst that uses solar energy to split water and produce hydrogen.

Electric Field Induced Hydrogen Storage: A New Step Forward

Scientists from Virginia Commonwealth University, Peking University in Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Science in Shanghai made a discovery that could help other researchers build hydrogen containers that could make the gas compete with petrol-based fuels in terms of energy density and availability.

New Artificial Leaf Concept Increases Hydrogen Output Three Times

This idea is not new, but until now scientists have focused on trying to mimic or modify the molecules directly involved in splitting hydrogen. “We’d like to adopt an entirely different concept, to mimic photosynthesis by copying the elaborate architectures of green leaves,” says Tongxiang Fan.

French Nickel Catalyst Promises Cheaper Hydrogen Fuel Cells

A group of researchers from France revealed some tests in this week’s issue of the journal Science that shows how platinum can be substituted with nickel, by mimicking the process going on in anaerobic-living algae. These have an enzyme, called hydrogenase, and use it to metabolize hydrogen.

Tennessee Scientists Generate Hydrogen With Photosynthesis

Prof. Bruce isolated the core of the photosynthetic process from certain algae, and proved that, if coupled with a platinum catalyst, it could produce hydrogen in the presence of light. Photosynthesis is at the base of our fossil fuel energy, because it comes from the plants that lived here millions of years ago – indirectly, from the Sun.