Researchers claim Bottle of Water can Power your House
By this time next year, MIT scientist Daniel Nocera, founder of SunCatalytix, claims that he expects to be able to generate enough energy from a bottle and a half of plain tap water (even waste water) to power a small house.
In an effort to bring resources to low-income people of the world, the Tata Group, along with Nocera, have found a way towards one of science’s holy grails—to imitate photosynthesis, the process by which plants breathe, and produce power while doing so.
The team stuck an artificial cobalt- and phosphate-coated silicon leaf into a jar of water and managed to create power—with such precise efficiency, that it surpasses today’s solar panels. The technique mimics photosynthesis by splitting hydrogen from water to generate power from the sun.
Nocera’s research is still in the preliminary stages, but if it pans out as hoped, a swimming pool-sized container refreshed each day with new water could meet the entire planet’s electricity demands. So no matter how preliminary the research, Tata stands to reap big rewards if it pans out.
Is water going to be more valuable than gold? Hope is rarer today because of the promises and claims that do not come to fruition or turn out to be false or exaggerated. Let’s just hope this deal is the real thing.
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