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Using Solar Power to Produce Hydrogen Fuel

Harnessing Solar Power to Generate Hydrogen Fuel From Seawater

From the University of Central Florida

A research team from the University of Central Florida is developing a new hybrid nano material that uses solar energy to extract hydrogen fuel from seawater. It is possible to produce hydrogen powered fuel cells from seawater, but the process is costly due to the electricity requirements. With this new material and the use of solar power, it will be possible to produce a new source of environmentally friendly fuel to decrease our dependency on fossil fuels.  This breakthrough could financially benefit coastal states like California or Florida due to their large coastlines and year-round sunshine.

UCF researcher Yan Yang, an assistant professor with joint appointments in the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been working on solar hydrogen splitting for nearly 10 years.

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