'Major discovery' from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution Feature Summary
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'Major discovery' from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution
- An MIT group has figured out how to split water molecules to produce hydrogen and oxygen gas, in a tabletop experiment using inexpensive materials. The energy to run the reaction comes from electricity. The goal, though, is to power the experiment by sunlight--very similar to photosynthesis, except that the products are oxygen and hydrogen gas instead of sugar.
The long-term plan of this MIT research is to store energy during the day in hydrogen gas, and then use the hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel cell to provide electricity at night. To learn more, see this MIT press release.
- October 1, 2010 - October 16, 2010