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Nano-Solar-H2
Jamais Cascio, 14 Feb 05

Three great ideas that go great together -- nanotechnology, solar power and hydrogen. We've mentioned before the growing use of nanoengineering to develop materials better able to split hydrogen from water using solar energy. Technology Research News brings word of another step in making this a reality.

Researchers from Pennsylvania State University have constructed a material made from titanium dioxide nanotubes that is 97 percent efficient at harvesting the ultraviolet portion of the sun's light and 6.8 percent efficient at extracting hydrogen from water.The material is easy to make, inexpensive, and photochemically stable, according to the researchers.

The downside is that only about five percent of the sun's energy hitting the earth is ultraviolet light; work continues to figure out how to shift the nanotube response to visible light. The original article appeared in Nano Letters; the full text (with illustrations) is available online.

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Is there a stock in this new technology that can be invested in? Thank you, William Perron


Posted by: William Perron on 27 Feb 05

Is there a stock in this new technology that can be invested in? Thank you, William Perron


Posted by: William Perron on 27 Feb 05

Is there stock available for this technology?

Thanx B. Haeberle



Posted by: B. Haeberle on 27 Feb 05



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