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Nanotrees Harvest the Sun's Energy to Turn Water Into Hydrogen Fuel

ScienceDaily -- ScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2012) — University of California, San Diego electrical engineers are building a forest of tiny nanowire trees in order to cleanly capture solar energy without using fossil fuels and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation. Reporting in the journal Nanoscale, the team said nanowires, which are made from abundant natural materials like silicon and zinc oxide, also offer a cheap way to deliver hydrogen fuel on a mass scale.
"This is a clean way to generate clean fuel," said Deli Wang, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.

The trees' vertical structure and branches are keys to capturing the maximum amount of solar energy, according to Wang. That's because the vertical structure of trees gr


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RickythePilot
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 12:45:10 PM

Time will tell.

;-D
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 11:06:29 AM

I love this technology stuff.

Turning hydrogen into electricity, or combustion, is probably being worked on by another research team.

popeye2009
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 9:38:22 AM

ok

[Edited by: popeye2009 at 3/27/2012 12:40:16 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 9:30:10 AM

Just plant them in your backyard!
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OLD news.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 7:56:52 AM

Hope it works.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 7:35:13 AM

Very early stages of research here, but everything starts as early stage research, impractical at first.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 7:33:00 AM

Biomass is cheaper. Just grow hemp and switch grass.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 7:12:55 AM

How much will it cost to make the huge quantities needed for this to be a viable alternative?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 6:44:26 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 6:36:54 AM

Fascinating!
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 6:36:44 AM

Haven't we read this already?
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 6:29:02 AM

very interesting topic... thanks
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:58:16 AM

Nanu Nanu
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:55:16 AM

I found the article quite interesting, especially the picture of the electronic microscopic image of a nanoforest!
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:55:02 AM

Popular article to be posted again.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:53:06 AM

Very interesting article....as I said three weeks ago when it was first posted.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:45:52 AM

ok
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how thrilling
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Hope it works!
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:34:19 AM

great if it works
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:34:09 AM

March 7th.

repost from a few weeks ago
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:33:22 AM

Interesting lab experiment. I'm less informed than I though it I would be after reading this snippet 5 times. It really needs the Scientific American style analysis for anyone to figure exactly what is going on. Simply stating a nice phrase like "photoelectrochemical water-splitting" doesn't do a lot for me, as much as you parse the components photo (light) + electro + chemical.

Its about as useful as a statement like "the revolutionary new process uses endothermic rather than the traditional exothermic catalytic reactions to create new compounds out of chemicals".

I guess they are angling for locked-up research grants before they spill any information.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:31:28 AM

Innovation like this is what is needed at this time. Who knows which technology will win. Everything should be on the table, except fossil fuels.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:23:21 AM

Great idea. I hope it can be developed further into a viable commercial process.
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