Cambridge scientists have developed a process that uses solar power to split water molecules and create liquid fuels that could one day replace traditional gasoline.
The process involves using a device, called a solar-driven water-splitting electrochemical cell, which consists of two small photovoltaic cells, or panels. When combined with a catalytic material, the device traps the energy from sunlight and uses it to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen gas. The hydrogen gas is then combined with carbon dioxide in a fuel cell, which produces a liquid fuel called syngas.
The scientists say that this fuel is a cleaner and more efficient alternative to the current methods of manufacturing gasoline from crude oil. They believe it could be used to power cars, boats, and other vehicles, and could even be used to generate electricity for homes and businesses.
The team is now working to further develop their process to make it more efficient and cost-effective, so that it can be used on a larger scale. It’s an exciting step forward in the field of sustainable energy production, and could lead to a future with clean, renewable fuels.