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MIT’s Green Energy Nirvana

Too Good To Be True? Not With MIT On Our Side

MIT researchers have a simple, inexpensive, highly efficient process for storing solar energy.

Daniel G. Nocera, the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at MIT, developed a simple method to split water molecules and produce oxygen gas, a discovery that paves the way for large-scale use of solar power.

The researchers developed a new catalyst, consisting of cobalt metal, phosphate and an electrode. When the catalyst is placed in water and electricity runs through the electrode, oxygen gas is produced. When another catalyst is used to produce hydrogen gas, the oxygen and hydrogen can be combined inside a fuel cell, creating carbon-free electricity to power a house or an electric car, day or night.

With Daniel Nocera’s and Matthew Kanan’s catalyst, homeowners could use their solar panels during the day to power their home, while also using the energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for storage. At night, the stored hydrogen and oxygen could be recombined using a fuel cell to generate power while the solar panels are inactive.

More engineering work needs to be done to integrate the process into existing photovoltaic systems, but Nocera said he is confident that such systems will become a reality.

Nocera hopes that within 10 years, homeowners will be able to power their homes in daylight through photovoltaic cells, while using excess solar energy to produce hydrogen and oxygen to power their own household fuel cell. Electricity-by-wire from a central source could be a thing of the past.

But like the old saying goes ….. “an internet video clip from LiveScience.com is worth a thousand words“, so……

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10 Responses to “MIT’s Green Energy Nirvana”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Go Nocera! This is the best news I’ve seen all day! 🙂

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … This is pretty cool, eh?

  3. Maureen Says:

    You can always count on MIT- very interesting information Linda.
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Generic Marketing System Confusion =-.

  4. Eric Says:

    That is awesome. Hope that this new breakthrough can make its way to the masses!

  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Eric … Hopefully sooner than later! 🙂

    Hi Karen … Happy Turkey day to you as well! 😀

  6. Karen Says:

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  7. Hillbilly willy Says:

    Storing up sunshine for a rainy day is a good thing.

    10-4 Willy

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Willy … Glad you stopped by! It sure is!

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