An astonishing new discovery out of Australia could represent a huge breakthrough as mankind works to save the planet.
Scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne in Australia may have just developed something that could change the world. They’ve created a unique type of “solar paint” that could be used to cover a house and produce its own energy.
This solar paint would feature a compound that acts like silica gel, absorbing moisture. The new materials that it’s part of, called synthetic molybdenum-sulphide, would then act as a semiconductor that would split the water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen, the university said in a statement.
While it’s not the first time we’ve tried to split water atoms to generate energy, it would be revolutionary because it wouldn’t require clean or filtered water to feed the system, instead drawing water vapor straight from the air.
“Titanium oxide is the white pigment that is already commonly used in wall paint, meaning that the simple addition of the new material can convert a brick wall into energy harvesting and fuel production real estate,” Lead researcher Dr Torben Daeneke, from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, said in a statement. “Our new development has a big range of advantages. There’s no need for clean or filtered water to feed the system. Any place that has water vapour in the air, even remote areas far from water, can produce fuel.”