An Australian team of researchers announced the development of a “solar paint” that can be used to generate energy. An interesting addition to the clean energy menu.
The challenge to grow the clean energy market is on and it is a technology challenge. A team of researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has announced the development of a “solar paint” that can be used to generate energy.
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- The paint absorbs solar energy and water vapor and splits it to generate hydrogen – the cleanest source of energy. It is made up of the titanium oxide already used in many wall paints with a new synthetic compound, molybdenum-sulphide. According to RMIT’s website, this paint can split the absorbed water into hydrogen and oxygen, collecting the hydrogen for use in fuel cells or to power a vehicle.
- It is expected to be environmentally resilient – As can be seen in the video below, this solar paint is expected to be effective in a variety of climates, from damp environments to hot and dry ones near large bodies of water. This will be key in giving it wide-ranging application.
- It promises affordability and some good economics – The paint could be used to cover areas that ordinarily wouldn’t get enough sunlight to justify the placement of solar panels. This optimizes the energy generating capacity of a property. Any surface that can be painted could be transformed into an energy-producing structure.