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August 24th, 2010

Faster Catalysts Improve Hydrogen Generation

Abstract:
Anyone relying entirely on solar power or wind for electricity--say, in a remote location cut off from the grid--could use a cheap way to store power for use at night or when the wind isn't blowing. Today at the American Chemical Society meeting in Boston, researchers announced progress on one option: using electricity from solar panels or other sources to split water, producing hydrogen fuel that can be used to produce electricity anytime by means of a fuel cell or generator.

The researchers, led by MIT chemistry professor Daniel Nocera, say they've improved a system that uses potentially low-cost catalysts to facilitate a reaction in which electricity is used to break down water into hydrogen and oxygen, a process called electrolysis. Nocera says the catalysts could reduce the price of commercial electrolyzers to levels that are approximately 25 to 60 percent less than conventional electrolyzers and also make them practical for small-scale applications such as use in homes.

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