Engineering

Economically Produced Hydrogen

A PhD student of a rather small College in Thuringia solved the world’s energy problems by creating Economically Produced Hydrogen Process. The hero of the 21st century, ecology and economy finally reconciled and lead mankind towards a golden future is a man named Matthias May? A bit fantastic that sounds already…

The Ilmenau  Technical University saves superlatives. A core set of the current press release: “the spectacular record, published in the leading scientific journal, nature communications’, could be the solution of to the world’s energy problems.” If that’s true, what has since developed a research group on the basis of the doctoral thesis by Matthias May, then perhaps what’s on this claim.

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The record cell for direct solar hydrogen production: Efficiency identified by 14%.

The scientists say: we have increased the potential effectiveness of the direct solar water splitting by 12.4% to 14%. In this process, hydrogen is produced by direct exposure to sunlight, which is virtually infinitely available as fuel and just leaves the burning water. You can make this long. Only one has can pick out just maximum really 12.4% of the energy contained in the original media. Therefore, the procedure had been hitherto completely uneconomical, say the Ilmenau, approaching the threshold of 15% now already much with its 14% – and from which it is economically interesting.

Fuel cell could experience Renaissance

Hydrogen is the ideal fuel for the global economy, the miracle cure against climate change and crises for decades. 20 years ago, there was still scientifically-based visions which we now all would have to drive around with totally eco-friendly cars. Cars with fuel cells, just a little water dripping from their exhaust pipes. Only problem is that hydrogen must be created just so far with great effort and mostly by the steam reforming of methane.

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Prof. Thomas Hannappel believes in a revival of the fuel cell.

This is already therefore not eco-friendly, because the energy usage for this is enormous. The separation of hydrogen directly from sunlight would be ecologically clean. If she work well soon also economically meaningful, the fuel cell may have experienced an unexpected revival.

Another record from Ilmenau

Prof. Thomas Hannappel, head of the research group, is very confident. For decades they have built up tremendous expertise in renewable energy in Ilmenau.

The Thuringian researchers also from the fact that they were recently been involved in another world record take their confidence: A solar cell, which achieved an efficiency of 45%, i.e. almost half of the origin energy actually translates into power.