Harnessing light for the solar-powered chemical industry

Harnessing light for the solar-powered chemical industry
According to Solar Daily news, New technology that harnesses sunlight to drive chemical reactions is paving the way for a more sustainable chemical manufacturing industry, one of the globe’s biggest energy users.
RMIT University researchers have developed a nano-enhanced material that can capture an incredible 99% of light and convert it to power chemical reactions.

As well as reducing the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing, the innovation could one day be used to deliver technologies like better-infrared cameras and solar-powered water desalination.
In the US, chemical manufacturing uses more energy than any other industry, accounting for 28% of industrial energy consumption in 2017. While photo catalysis – the use of light to drive chemical reactions – is growing in the industry, efficiency and cost remain significant obstacles to wider take-up. Lead investigator Associate Professor Daniel Gomez said the new technology maximized light absorption to efficiently convert light energy into chemical energy.
The research focused on palladium, an element that’s excellent at producing chemical reactions but usually not very light responsive. By manipulating the optical properties of palladium nanoparticles, the researchers were able to make the material more sensitive to light. ——————–***——————–
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Date: Feb 06, 2019 @ 19:47

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