Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hybrid Solar System Makes Rooftop Hydrogen

Instead of systems based on standard solar panels, Duke engineer Nico Hotz proposes a hybrid option in which sunlight heats a combination of water and methanol in a maze of glass tubes on a rooftop. After two catalytic reactions, the system produces hydrogen much more efficiently than current technology without significant impurities. The resulting hydrogen can be stored and used on demand in fuel cells. - ScienceDaily
This is the hybrid system schematic. (Credit: Nico Hotz)

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