Friday, 5 March 2010

Power A Home With Just One Bottle Of Water Using Artificial Photosynthesis

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Dan Nocera, a chemist from M.I.T. and founder of the company Sun Catalytix claims that one bottle of drinking water is capable of providing enough energy to power an entire household using his new photosynthetic process. With the help of a special catalyst, the process splits water into oxygen and hydrogen fuel efficiently enough to power a home using only sunlight and a bottle of water!

It behaves like organic photosynthesis, using sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and energy, but unlike plants that create energy in the form of sugars, this process creates energy in the form of free hydrogen. The hydrogen can be recombined with the oxygen in a fuel cell to generate electricity or can be converted into a liquid fuel.

It is a cheap process and in just four hours the catalyst treats water to produce 30 kilowatt-hours of energy.

Via: Popular Science


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