Solar Cells

Solar Cells

MIT professor Daniel G. Nocera is excited because he’s developed a way to separate hydrogen and oxygen using catalysts and electricity; It’s still no more than a lab experiment (the design requires platinum, which is very expensive, and suffers from the usual electrode erosion and low production issues.) Presuming the separation mechanism can be made other than experimentally possible, he suggests using the hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel cell centric design to recover the energy later. He’s apparently under the impression that energy storage is the problem.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the entire problem, or even a problem at all at medium to large scales.

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