Australian researchers manufacture hydogen from solar power and air

Researchers from the University of Newcastle in Australia have used a system that combines solar energy with water harvested from air to manufacture low cost green hydrogen.

Professor Behdad Moghtaderi and his team said the technique overcomes some of the key challenges limiting domestic production and availability of hydrogen fuel.

The technology employs Moghtaderi’s Hydro Harvester – an innovation that ‘harvests’ pure water (H2O) from the air, then uses electrolysis – an electrical current generated from solar panels, to split the pure water into hydrogen and oxygen before storing the hydrogen as a gas.

Moghtaderi said the pilot plant, located at the University’s Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) precinct, offered key advantages that could rapidly boost domestic hydrogen production capabilities.

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