Research: Splitting Water- Hydrogen

Hydrogen is looking increasingly likely to become a formidable source of renewable energy- it burns cleanly, without negative externalities (CO2, methane).

Scientists in Japan today, 6/3/2020, successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen with light and catalysts with no undesireable effects.

If used on a more widespread basis, this method of creating pure hydrogen can enable renewable energy to become more cost-effective and cheaper than coal or other non-renewables. This method can be used “when the sun isn’t shining and wind isn’t blowing”.

Provided below is more information on what hydrogen fuel cells are and why they’re a worthwhile, beneficial pursuit:

What hydrogen fuel cells are: a cell that converts hydrogen fuel into electricity. Hydrogen fuel cells don’t store energy inside themselves, but rather retrieve their energy from the outside, and dispel water and heat once the reaction is complete- these are the only residual effects.

Hydrogen is not naturally occurring, as mentioned in a previous blog post. Instead, it is usually extracted from substances like gasoline. Instead, we are now seeing it being taken directly from water at near perfect efficiency.