13 May 2017

NEW DEVICE TURNS DIRTY AIR INTO ENERGY

A team of Belgian scientists has developed a new device capable of generating power while cleaning polluted air. The new device features two chambers and membrane. Air is purified in one chamber while hydrogen gas is produced in the other.

The device, which must be exposed to sunlight to function, features two chambers separated by a single membrane. The air is cleaned on one side, while contaminants are converted into hydrogen gas on the other.

This hydrogen gas can be stored and used later as fuel, as is already being done in some hydrogen buses The membrane is the device's most novel and essential component. It's comprised of a combination of special nano materials.

Researchers say their device functions similarly to a solar panel. Both use sunlight to trigger energy-generating chemical reactions. The scientists are currently working to scale up their technology for industrial use. They are also working to improve the device's efficiency.

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