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Cheap way to ‘split water’ could lead to abundant clean fuel

Scientists have found an inexpensive way to produce hydrogen from water, a discovery that could lead to a plentiful source of environmentally friendly fuel to power homes and cars.

This is a really significant development as doing this cheaply has been one of the major blocks to storing solar energy as a fuel for use when the sun is not out.

James Barber, a leading researcher in artificial photosynthesis at Imperial College London, said Nocera’s work was a “giant leap” toward generating clean, carbon-free energy. “This is a major discovery with enormous implications for the future prosperity of humankind. The importance of their discovery cannot be overstated since it opens up the door for developing new technologies for energy production thus reducing our dependence for fossil fuels and addressing the global climate change problem.”

You can find an article at the Guardian’s website by clicking here.

Dan Nocera the scientist leading this project was interviewed on the Science Extra podcast which was linked to this website a couple of weeks ago. You can find this here Can chemistry solve the engergy crisis?

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