Fine Structure

Hydrogen and Oxygen from Water and Sunlight

A fascinating new technology for transforming water into its components (the ever-useful H2 and 02) with only sunlight. The tech is a special alloy (two, actually) that could generate fuel for hydrogen fuel cells during the day.

It's a fun lab tech that will require a lot of refinement to become useful to everyone. I usually don't mention stuff like this because there are just too many lab experiments that seem really positive but don't scale. I mention it because it uses an alloy that doesn't seem particularly special or expensive (it doesn't contain platinum, for example). Searching the practically unlimited amount of alloys for special properties feels like a big space with not a lot of players; I think it's going to get very busy very soon though.

http://cen.acs.org/articles/89/i48/Electrofuels-Bump-Solar-Efficiency.html ]

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