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Belgian Scientists Announce New Solar Panel That Makes Hydrogen

Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:03 am

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/03/03/belgian-scientists-announce-new-solar-panel-that-makes-hydrogen/

"According to Belgian news source VRT NWS, scientists at KU Leuven, located in Flanders, Belgium, say they have created a solar panel that uses sunlight to make hydrogen from the moisture in the air. It can produce up to 250 liters of hydrogen gas a day. Professor Johan Martens and his team have been working on this for a decade. At first, the amount of hydrogen produced was minuscule but in a recent demonstration on a cloudy day, observers could see large quantities of hydrogen"bubbles appear almost as soon as the demonstration panel was rolled into the sunlight."
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This is amazing news! 
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Post by addtocart on Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:50 am

Firstly, I believe the scientists' name is Ned Flanders and the article came from Springfield. But more importantly, what would you plan to do with all that hydrogen?
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Post by RoyD on Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:05 am

I would say that is a big breakthrough. Hydrogen is the cheapest, most plentiful form of clean energy on the planet. The equipment, however, is expensive to make it and it is highly volatile. The next challenge is the tech to use it safely.

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Re: Belgian Scientists Announce New Solar Panel That Makes Hydrogen

Post by ferret on Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:18 am

Can't you mix that hydrogen with oxygen and make water?
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Post by Plan B on Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:00 am

This could change everything! Wonder what the conversion efficiency is?
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Post by addtocart on Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:38 am

ferret wrote:Can't you mix that hydrogen with oxygen and make water?
Sure. Just get a hydrogen bottle and an oxygen bottle and point the nozzles at each other and watch the water magically appear.
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Post by ferret on Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:51 am

Loved the smart ass reply addtocart. Yes, you can if you google and read. Not something the average person would want to do though. I was thinking the hydrogen production could be "piped" away to a more remote location and let professionals make the water. This would be a win/win in locations where there's plenty of sunshine but not much water. Dunno.
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Re: Belgian Scientists Announce New Solar Panel That Makes Hydrogen

Post by ferret on Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:35 am

I like this system and would rather have water than hydrogen... less dangerous. YMMV.
https://www.wartsila.com/twentyfour7/innovation/solar-panels-that-generate-water

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Re: Belgian Scientists Announce New Solar Panel That Makes Hydrogen

Post by CHILLIN on Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:09 pm

I have a genetic defect (I guess?) that I can reliably produce methane gas. Maybe I should patent myself?
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