New material capable of harnessing sunlight to produce hydrogen from water discovered

Linköping University (LiU) has developed a new material, nanoporous 3C-SiC, which it says exhibits promising properties to capture solar energy and split water for hydrogen gas production.

As detailed by LiU, producing hydrogen gas by splitting water molecules with the aid of solar energy is a sustainable approach that could create hydrogen using renewable sources without contributing to carbon emissions.

It is believed that a major advantage of this method is the possibility to convert solar energy to fuel that can be stored in addition to producing hydrogen from water using sunlight.

Jianwu Sun, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, said, “Conventional solar cells produce energy during the daytime, and the energy must either be used immediately, or stored in, for example, batteries.”

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