A new discovery could lead to cheap hydrogen production, revolutionizing the energy industry.
According to Morning Ticker, Scientists from the University of Wisconsin have found a cheap and efficient method of generating hydrogen.
This new method of hydrogen production involves a combination of sulfur and phosphorus, two very common elements, as well as cobalt, a relatively cheap and abundant metal.
The importance of this discovery cannot be overstated, as many scientists have long hoped to provide energy for the world of the future with an eco-friendly source. It is possible that hydrogen is the source they were looking for. Not only can it be used for fuel cells, but it can also be burned for heat. Hydrogen does not give off any harmful emissions like fossil fuels. In fact, the only byproduct produced is water.
Current technology has not been able to create hydrogen in a cost-effective way, but rather relies on expensive noble metals such as platinum for splitting the water & generating hydrogen. If this new method proves to be viable, it could have some major implications on the energy industry.
If this method can be proven to be effective and made commercially viable, not only would it change the whole energy industry, but it would provide a tool in the fight against global warming.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, but the problem is that the accessible hydrogen is bonded with oxygen to form water. This means that it needs to be split if it is to be used in the form of a fuel.