Renewable energy takes another step forward, Tel Aviv University researchers say produce hydrogen from microscopic algae.
Israeli scientists said this week that they have successfully produced hydrogen from plants in a development they hope will eventually can lead to using plants to generate electricity.
The discovery was made using microscopic algae, an aquatic plant, as part of research conducted in a laboratory at Tel Aviv University.
To connect a device to electricity, just plug it into a power outlet. In the case of a factory, we didn’t know where to connect it.
Iftach Yacoby, Director of Renewable Energy Laboratory, Tel Aviv University.
The researchers planted an enzyme in samples of algae and observed that it produced hydrogen, an energy source already used to power some vehicles.
“We weren’t sure if it would work, but we thought it had potentialYacoby said during a visit to the lab.
The results of the study, a collaborative project with Kevin Redding of the University of Arizona, were published in April in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.
From the moment we discovered how to use plants to produce a source of energy, applications started to emerge.
New research shows that factories have the potential to generate electricityhe said, while warning that it will take up to 20 years for the world to benefit from these investigations.
“There are a lot of things that we can consider doing based on the results of our research. The future will tell us where we can apply it“, He said.