Hydrogen itself is seen as an important part of the future of clean energy, but the cleaner way of energy is to use solar power instead of electricity from the grid to generate hydrogen energy.Hydrogen has great potential in fuel cells, but one of the key challenges in this application is how to produce hydrogen.Most hydrogen production still comes from fossil fuels.
Researchers in Australia have made a major breakthrough in developing a "solar coating" that converts water vapour in the air into hydrogen fuel.
There are many ways to produce hydrogen fuel, but the most common method today is to extract the by-products of natural gas production, and to produce hydrogen by electrolysis.Now researchers at RMIT university in Australia have developed what they call a "solar coating" that produces hydrogen.
The key to this "solar coating" is a newly developed compound similar to silicone.This compound was known as the synthesis of molybdenum sulfide, it can be used as a semiconductor, cause water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, based on this feature, the team found that after mixing the compounds with titanium dioxide particles can form can absorb sunlight, produce hydrogen coatings.
Lead researcher Dr TorbenDaeneke said, titanium dioxide is white pigment has been widely used in wall coatings, and this means that a simple add new material surface can be transformed into collecting energy and fuel production."Our new research and development has great advantage, do not need to clean or filtering water supply system, any place with water vapor in the air, even away from the waters of the remote areas can generate hydrogen fuel."