Solar Air Purifier Making Hydrogen
At the University of Antwerp in Belgium, they combined two projects into one and surprisingly it works! Let’s start the fight with pollution
Organic substances are a problem in production. These are most commonly solvents. You can breathe them in a car or at home for several years. Both the planet and our health are most harmful to these substances. Water and soil take a huge number of years to recover. And its main problem is vehicle fumes. We are already working to combat pollution in the transport sector. Electric cars, or motorbikes, can be an example. However, it’s not enough. So, how do we fight it properly?
The current prototype has only a small active area – one square centimeter. The device is only in the proof-of-concept stage at this time, but researchers hope to be able to expand it for industrial applications and have to produce clean energy in a similar way to a solar panel, cleaning the surrounding air while it is in it. Researchers, led by a young scientist Sammy Verbruggen, are now trying to create industry-friendly devices. At the same time, they want to increase efficiency because they are currently using only UV radiation from the spectrum.
Combination of two technologies and how it works?
- If sunlight is affected by an active area, it is capable of filtering off organic matter from the air.
- A membrane capable of filtering hydrogen gas directly from the water.
- A solar air purifier that breaks down organic matter and filters out hydrogen through the membrane. Which can then be used as fuel.
In any case, it has been a year since the introduction of the prototype itself, linking these two projects, and we have not been able to find out if the research has reached any other stage. The whole prototype at its final stage could greatly help with air pollution, which would result in a reduction in mortality, which is currently around 5 million people per year.
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