Belgian scientists have developed a new solar panel, which not only produces electricity, but also removes hydrogen from atmospheric moisture. On average, the device produces about 250 liters H2.
Buildings heating by natural gas costs quite expensive, especially in cold climates. In addition, as a result of the combustion of carbon fuel, a lot of CO2 stands out into the atmosphere. However, scientists from the Levisian Catholic University recently presented the prototype of the panel using sunlight for the production of hydrogen gaseous, which can be used at home and placing enterprises.
According to the developers team, the device works effectively even in cloudy weather, and throughout the year it produces 250 liters of H2 a day, which is the world record. Twenty-such panels produce enough heat and electricity to survive the winter in a well-insulated house, and electricity will also remain.
So far, the panels are far from commercial production, but the new prototype will soon be installed in the house of one of the engineers who will actually become a place of testing and evaluating the developed autonomous technology of energy saving. Excess hydrogen can be stored for use in the following winter or supply of neighbors. According to the estimates of researchers, a typical home will be enough of the usual tank at 4 m3. At the same time, the risks of storage of hydrogen in a gaseous form are not higher than for natural gas.
At the moment, even the approximate cost of a new system consisting of solar panels, tanks and furnaces operating in hydrogen are unknown. However, engineers are engaged in the development of available equipment from cheap materials and components, which will be universal in use and completely autonomous.
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