- Written by Anna Strom
Bio4Energy results. An international group of scientists have found an "ultra-efficient" way to make hydrogen from renewable raw materials. The method is directly applicable and, if adopted by industry, could be used to produce the gas on a commercial scale. In a second step the scientists hope to run the conversion process on renewable energy from the sun.
The discovery, first published online in the ASC Nano scientific journal, was made by a team of researchers from Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Taiwan and the U.S.A., led by Krisztián Kordás of Bio4Energy.
In the early 2000s, world leaders such as U.S. President George W. Bush and European Union supremos were hailing hydrogen as the next source of "clean" energy. Large sums of money were poured into research and development of fuel cell technology drawing on this naturally-occurring gas said to leave little more than water vapour in the trail behind the exhaust pipe when used to propel an automotive engine.