ince 2012 the Christian Doppler Lab has been working tirelessly on transforming sunlight and water into renewable energy. This year there has been a major breakthrough—achieved through painstaking research and a stroke of inspiration at just the right time.
“Following months of research, our system could already transform various materials into hydrogen. By chance we had the idea of trying it with biomass. And it worked”, grins David Wakerley, who played a key part in the research findings in his role as a doctoral student. “To put it simply, we use organic waste to produce energy”.
Hydrogen from solar energy
His colleague Moritz Kuehnel explains: “Biomass is very rich in energy. We have developed a catalyst that allows us to release the hydrogen from the biomass using the power of the sun”. For example, the hydrogen could then be used to produce energy in the fuel cell of a hydrogen car.