Although there are currently a variety of ways to store electrical power, few of them are suited for the energy generated from a renewable source, such as hydrogen fuel. This problem has prevented the widespread adoption of clean power, but Chemists at Rutgers University are working to find a solution.
They have created a form of black powder that when applied to a surface submerged in water and fed an electrical current, the powder boosts the effectiveness of producing hydrogen gas.
The electrical current triggers the process of separating the oxygen and hydrogen molecules that create water and researchers have found that their black powder can make this process exponentially more effective.
The hydrogen generated by this process will be used by a fuel cell to produce electricity, and Chemists are currently working on developing a formula that will lead to the efficient storage of this electricity.
Rutgers University researchers believe that this is a promising method of energy storage. This concept is akin to the notion of storing potential energy. Potential energy storage is becoming a popular idea because it has, thus far, proven proficient in reducing the costs associated with energy storage.