IIT Jodhpur Researchers Develop Solar-Powered Catalytic Materials To Produce Hydrogen
Researchers from IIT Jodhpur have developed a new method of generating hydrogen to eventually use it as a clean energy source, reveals a GadgetsNow report.
They've developed Lanthanides based perovskite nanocomposite catalytic materials for artificial photosynthesis to produce high-purity hydrogen.
The method, which is also patented, makes use of natural sunlight to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen with the help of a highly-recyclable catalyst which is made from low-cost, simple transition metal.
Researchers have managed to develop a series of catalysts that can effectively produce hydrogen under ambient conditions. The solution’s application is targeted towards industries, automobile and even energy sectors.
Hydrogen-based energy is regarded as one of the strongest sources for a green-sustainable future. As of now, around 90 percent of the source for hydrogen comes from petroleum feedstock, making the whole affair pretty expensive.
However, IIT Jodhpur’s implementation doesn't need any external energy source apart from sunlight. It uses a broad spectrum of sunlight to reproduce hydrogen.
The team went through hundreds of catalyst combinations to develop five sets of catalysts that offer high hydrogen production under sunlight. The catalysts work with wastewater, saline water and even brackish water. The catalysts can be recycled and reused for various times.
Researchers are now working to develop a prototype followed by a scaling up of the solution for large-scale hydrogen production for powering end-user applications.