In an unprecedented move, researchers have made substantial improvements to the efficiency of the technology that is utilized in the generation of solar fuel. This improved technology now coverts energy from sunlight directly into a usable fuel such as hydrogen. Making use of materials that are widely available in the planet earth, the researchers have invented the most efficient method of conversion so far.
Wide Available Resources are Used by the Technology
Researchers from the University of Twente’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology have contributed significantly by improving the technology that is used in the generation of solar fuel. With the improvement made by these researchers, the technology can now be used directly in the conversion of sunlight into fuel that can be used. The technology involves decoupling of the site from where sunlight is captured and then the conversion reaction comes into action.
Researchers across the globe are continuously working so as to further develop and better the technology of solar fuel. This technology makes use of widely available resources like water, sunlight, CO2. The resources are the very basic ingredients that are used by plants. A team of researchers from the same University are also researching on solar-to-fuel device so that it can be used to produce hydrogen. The researchers have now come across a vital breakthrough in the said area of fundamental research. The system comprises of silicon microwires that measure even less than one tenth of a millimetre and the tops of those are covered and coated with a catalyst. The particles of light or photons as they are commonly known as are collected in between the said microwires. The chemical reaction which leads to the formation of hydrogen thus takes place takes place on the catalyst which is at the tips of the said microwires.
The above-mentioned study has been published today in Nature Energy, a scientific journal.