Science NewsCurated by RSF Research Staff Home > Science News > New materials could turn water into the fuel of the future Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have—in just two years—nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. They did so by developing a process that promises to speed the discovery of commercially viable generation of solar fuels that could replace coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. Solar fuels, a dream of clean-energy research, are created using only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide. Researchers are exploring a range of possible target fuels, but one possibility is to produce hydrogen by splitting water. Each water molecule is comprised of an oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. Pure hydrogen is highly flammable, making it an ideal fuel. If you could find a way to extract that hydrogen from water using sunlight, then, you would have a plentiful and renewable energy source. The problem, however, is that water molecules do not simply break down when sunlight shines on them—if they did, the oceans would not cover three-fourths of the planet. Instead, they need a little help from a solar-powered catalyst. Article: http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/03/new-materials-could-turn-water-into.html New program aims to enable detection of extremely minute magnetic fields without shieldingMarch 22, 2017Single-atom magnets store bits of dataMarch 22, 2017New Feedback System Could Allow Greater Control Over Fusion PlasmaMarch 21, 2017Superfluid helium behaves like black holesMarch 16, 2017Star in Closest Orbit with Black HoleMarch 15, 2017 Sharing is caring - please share this with your friends: Facebook Twitter If you like this content, you will love the Resonance Academy.