Hydrogen Fuel out of Thin Air?


Hydrogen fuel is an interesting alternative energy. One team has been working on a device that is able to capture hydrogen from the air which can then be transferred into fuel cells and used by vehicles. The coolest part? The only byproduct of hydrogen fuel is water.

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Hydrogen Fuel out of Thin Air | Definition Match

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Hydrogen Fuel out of Thin Air | True or False

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Full text for Hydrogen Fuel out of Thin Air?:

A device that can harvest water from the air and provide hydrogen fuel — entirely powered by solar energy — has long been a scientific dream, but it’s now close to reality. One chemical engineer and his team have made a significant step towards bringing this vision to fruition by developing an ingenious yet simple system.
It combines semiconductor-based technology with novel electrodes that have two key characteristics: they are porous, maximizing contact with water in the air; and transparent, maximizing sunlight exposure for the semiconductor coating.
When this device is exposed to sunlight, it pulls water from the air and produces hydrogen gas, which can then be injected into vehicles with hydrogen fuel cell batteries for green combustion.
In their research for renewable fossil-free fuels they took inspiration from the way plants are able to convert sunlight into chemical energy using carbon dioxide from the air. A plant essentially harvests carbon dioxide and water from its environment, and with the extra boost of energy from sunlight, can transform these molecules into sugars and starches, a process known as photosynthesis.
The researchers nevertheless proved that hydrogen gas can be produced via sunlight and moisture in the air.

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