Scientists at the Olomouc University Research Center CATRIN have found a sustainable way of obtaining material that would be used for the production of hydrogen as a green fuel. According to the researchers, current methods are not environmentally friendly because they use toxic solvents.
“We are the first to come up with a new technology where we use ordinary water instead of those toxic organic solvents and we use ultrasound as an energy source,” describes its scientific director Radek Zbořil in the laboratories of the CATRIN research center.
According to him, an ecological approach and cheap raw materials are a great competitive advantage. “If we use a mineral at the input, we use water and by delamination we prepare so-called hematen, which we can use after illumination with sunlight to decompose ammonia in order to prepare hydrogen as the green fuel of the future,” adds Zbořil.
In addition, the material used can be used in the field of energy. “In my opinion, hydrogen is one of the most sustainable future paths in sustainable energy, especially in the automotive industry,” Zbořil thinks.
The ferruginous mineral used is an ordinary black-gray shiny stone with a reddish tint. Thanks to water, sun and ultrasound, they are able to create not only hydrogen from it, even in ton quantities, but the obtained ammonia can also be used to transfer hydrogen.
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