Sep
2

MIT Professor and Strudent Make Great Strides at Energy Storage

Using Minerals Found in Rocks, This MIT Professor Can Split Water


An MIT Professor, Daniel Nocera, has been watching trees and plants and has come up with a "natural" solution to store energy.  Realizing that trees and plants don't die at night when the sun goes down, he has come up with a great idea for storing solar power when it is dark.

Combining solar energy and, (are you ready?), WATER, he can effectively store the energy that is coming at us all day long.  He has found an inexpensive method, but better yet, a way to use natural resources i.e. rocks, to split water into hydrogen and oxygen to make a storage system for solar energy that can be used when the sun goes down. 

He is combining a catalyst of phosphate, to break down water into hydrogen and oxygen.  He can then make a fuel cell that can be placed in your basement to store the excess solar energy that comes in during the day and then can be utilized at night when the sun is down. 
When electricity is created, whether by a photovoltaic cell, a wind turbine or any other source, it runs through an electrode, cobalt and phosphate create a thin film on the electrode and oxygen gas is made. 

Combined with another catalyst, it can produce hydrogen from water, and reproduces the water splitting process that happens in plants. 

This new catalyst works at room temperature, in neutral pH water and is easy to set up.  Thus the excitement from Professor Nocera.  This can be an inexpensive, workable plan to help everyone save the fossil fuels of our planet and begin using a renewable source of energy-the sun.


 


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