Imperial College London has picked up $8.4 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to work on cost effective means of generating hydrogen from solar power. The school will be investigating both biological and chemical process that are driven by energy from the sun over the next five years. One of the keys to making hydrogen a truly environmentally friendly energy source is to power the generation without using existing fuel sources like nuclear or coal.

The research team will build a prototype reactor that can be used for both industrial and domestic applications. The biological processes will focus on using algae to produce oxygen and hydrogen while chemical processes will be developed to use photo-electrodes to split water.

[Source: Imperial College London]

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