PDA

View Full Version : New Solar Fuel Machine "Mimics Plant Life"



Jim Koepke
12-24-2010, 2:22 AM
That may be a simplistic explanation. A new device is using solar energy to produce storable fuels.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12051167

Needs more work but it does show promise.

A prototype developed by U.S. and Swiss researchers concentrates sunlight into a cavity lined with ceria. Ceria exhales oxygen as it heats up and inhales osygen as it cools. It can strip oxygen from water leaving the hydrogen to be collected and used as fuel.

This could be a great development if it gets a bit more efficient.

jtk