The Future of Carbon Dioxide
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a new system that uses solar panels to produce carbon dioxide as well as oxygen, which they then combine into one large pool to produce a collective carbon-neutral hydrogen gas.
The new system is scalable enough to be used in much larger renewable energy projects, such as solar power plants, in the hope of building a new fuel for industrial processes. The researchers hope to improve the fuel’s efficiency to make it a viable candidate for both photovoltaic power generation and carbon dioxide sequestration, and to provide affordable energy for developing countries. Fortunately for us, the researchers at the University of Cambridge were able to figure out how to extract the energy from solar panels without them burning. The new system involves placing a thin layer of aluminum foil over the solar panel, and when the sun is out, it acts like a dipole, collecting the energy. It will be able to generate the maximum amount of power. They are currently working with a team in Japan to investigate how well this works in real life, and they hope to have the solution to this problem soon.