Friday, August 12, 2011

Electrolysis Breakthrough for Solar Storage

Inspired by the photosynthesis performed by plants, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have combined a liquid catalyst with photovoltaic cells to achieve a super efficient (nearly 100%) electrolysis.

This becomes a very effective storage system. One obvious extension of this would be the cost-effective storage of daytime solar energy for night-time use. Excess capacity during the day could be stored as hydrogen and oxygen, then used in fuel cells at night when needed.

"Solar power has always been a limited, far-off solution. Now we can seriously think about solar power as unlimited and soon." -- Daniel Nocera; Science; July 31, 2008

Those playing with onboard electrolysis for hydroxy gas injection into the air intake might find this development to be noteworthy as well.

this one looks like an interesting method
is it going to scale ? is the main question


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