Exploiting Sun’s Energy Effectively as a Source of Renewable Energy
Using Sun’s energy effectively to drive important, industriallyrelevant chemical reactions is currently an area of researchthat is attracting a large attention. This route circumventsour reliance on non-renewable sources of energy and moreimportantly prevents the release of hazardous pollutants as abyproduct. One such reaction that has a large industrial relevanceis the splitting of water to release hydrogen and oxygen.This is a thermodynamically energy intensive reaction, andthe most relevant aspect is that hydrogen gas is the productwhich is being touted as a fuel of the future. Its energy densityvalue is higher than other commercially relevant fuels,and its combustion only produces water as a byproduct withzero carbon footprint. Presented here are the current routesbeing considered for effective water splitting and the fundamentalprinciples that need to be considered when pursuingnew directions in this area.
Volume 26 | Issue 9