Solar Paint Offers Endless Energy from Water Vapor

Using solar to create hydrogen has been the focus of teams of scientists for years. This latest success story from RMIT University in Australia could turn a painted wall into an energy harvesting unit within a home. RMIT says that the paint contains a newly developed compound, called synthetic molybdenum-sulphide, that acts as a semi-conductor and catalyses the splitting of water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. earlier this year said they developed a way to use solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass. And in the U.S., researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) said they recaptured the record for the highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical water-splitting process.

Read more about RMIT’s hydrogen generating paint here, and see what researchers at the University of Cambridge and NREL are up to in the following stories: