Belgian researchers have recently invented a device for converting air pollution into energy. Despite all the unreal possibilities, researchers at the University of Antwerp and KULeuven have engineered a machine for generating energy by filtering the air we thrive upon.
Professor and leading researcher Sammy Verbruggen said,
“We make use of a small device in which two chambers are separated by a membrane,”
“On the one hand, air is purified, while on the other hand, hydrogen gas is produced from a portion of the degradation products.
This hydrogen gas may be stored and later be used as a fuel, such as, for example, is already applied in some of the fuel cell buses of the line. “
While following this pattern the researchers have determined two crucial needs for a society to sustain; fresh air to breathe and an alternative source of energy.
Functionality of the device
The researchers of Belgium have designed this small device with two compartments, segregated by a membrane made of nanomaterials. As pollutants pass through, the catalysts embedded inside release hydrogen gas by shattering the air pollutants.
The entire process of this technology has a stark resemblance to the current solar panel technology available in the market that activates autonomously when exposed to the sunlight.
The resulting hydrogen can be preserved for later use in our everyday life.
At this moment we are working on a scale of only a few square centimeters. In the long term, we’d like to scale up our technology to make the process industrially applicable. We’re also working on improving our materials so we can use sunlight more efficiently to trigger the responses.
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