scientists have found an economically viable way to create fuel from water by splitting it into oxygen and hydrogen,using an ultra-thin catalyst.
the study was published in the journal nature energy.
Just as solar light can generate electricity, the water splitting process could do the same via the generation of clean chemical fuel such as hydrogen, said Huijin Zhao, Director of Griffith University’s Centre for Clean Environment and Energy (CCEE) in Australia.
“The world is now facing five major issues for humanity -energy, environment, water, food security and public health,” Zhao said.
“Global warming is ranked first and it is all resulting from burning fossil fuels because that is where carbon dioxide comes from,” he said.
“To reduce this and to make the global temperature not rise beyond 2 degrees Celsius you have to find clean, renewable energy and hydrogen equals clean energy,” said Zhao.
“It’s part of the solution – if we really can split water into two that will be one scientific solution for the future of sustainable energy supplies,” he added.