Swansea-led project investigating converting covid medical waste to clean hydrogen fuel

Swansea University researchers are investigating the possibility of using sunlight to convert hazardous medical waste into clean hydrogen fuel.

The team are developing a novel process called photoreforming which uses sunlight to simultaneously kill viruses and convert non-recyclable waste into clean hydrogen fuel.

The process works by using nanostructured semiconductors to drive the degradation of waste and pathogens with sunlight.

Recently boosted by £47,000 of Welsh Government funding, the project comes at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is creating vast amounts of additional waste, such as masks and other protective equipment.

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