'Solar Paint' Could Transform Houses Into a Clean Source of Energy

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 00:15

Researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has developed a paint that can be used to generate clean energy.

Science Alert reports that the paint combines the titanium oxide already used in many wall paints with a new compound: synthetic molybdenum-sulphide. The latter acts a lot like the silica gel packaged with many consumer products to keep them free from damage by absorbing moisture.

According to a report on RMIT's website, the material absorbs solar energy as well as moisture from the surrounding air. It can then split the water into hydrogen and oxygen, collecting the hydrogen for use in fuel cells or to power a vehicle.

The simple addition of the new material can convert a brick wall into energy harvesting and fuel production real estate," explained lead researcher Torben Daeneke. He also claims the paint would be effective in a variety of climates, from damp environments to hot and dry ones near large bodies of water: "Any place that has water vapor in the air, even remote areas far from water, can produce fuel."

When this new material finally makes its way to consumers, it'll join the ever-growing list of innovative technologies that are moving humanity away from fossil fuels and toward a future of clean, renewable sources of energy.

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