Hydrogen can be used to power electric vehicles or to heat your home, or as a compost compound, among others. It can also be used to generate clean energy as long as a renewable source is used. Belgian scientists have made significant progress in this sector.
Engineers from the Catholic University of Louvain (KU Leuven) have created a panel that produces hydrogen from humidity in the air.
The device can produce 250 liters per day. With 20 of these units, a family would have electricity and heating throughout the winter.
How is green hydrogen produced?
At a glance on the device looks like a normal solar panel. However, by adding a vial of water, you can see how the hydrogen bubbles escape.
A counter indicates the amounts. After a few seconds, the first bubbles start to rise to the surface. In this way, converts 15% of sunlight directly into hydrogen.
Hydrogen can be easily stored and transported. It is converted into electricity and heat. The gas does not emit greenhouse gases or toxic substances, as long as clean energy is used for its production.
The hydrogen panel does not require precious metals or other expensive materials for the transformation process.
Hydrogen from renewable energy sources is known as green hydrogen. So far, it has had good prospects in the energy market, but it remains stagnant as its production and storage are very expensive.
If costs are reduced, the hydrogen may be one of the alternatives to replace fossil fuels in a future.
Hydrogen also carries certain risks. Like most fuels, it is highly flammable. This represents a danger, especially in confined spaces. At the same time, it is also a light gas, so when it escapes it immediately rises instead of spilling onto the ground.
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