New hydrogen production method


Scientists have created an entirely natural and renewable method for producing hydrogen to generate electricity, which could reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

The breakthrough comes as a result of a ten year collaboration project between scientists from the University of Aberdeen, and international partner laboratories.

The scientists have created the first stable catalyst, which can completely convert ethanol – which comes from the fermentation of crops – into hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

The hydrogen produced after this process has taken place is very clean and therefore suitable for powering fuel cells (devices which convert fuels into electricity) directly, without the need for combustion.

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