India’s IIT-Jodhpur has developed a ‘future fuel’ made of sunlight and water
BI India BureauNov 8, 2018, 06.26 PM
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- An Indian educational institute, IIT-Jodhpur, may have found a way to develop oxygen-free hydrogen which can be used as natural fuel.
- The fuel has the potential to achieve India’s dream of reducing volume of its oil imports by 30%.
- The team has used a catalyst called Lanthanium to break down hydrogen and oxygen resulting in a fuel with ‘zero emission’ capability.
The Indian Institute of Technology - Jodhpur (IIT-J), has discovered an innovative way to develop a ‘future fuel’ which has the ability to kill to two birds with one stone. One the one hand, It can reduce India’s pollution level by reducing vehicular pollution. And on the other, it has the potential to reduce the country’s volume of oil imports by 30% .
The fuel, which the institute claims is a ‘zero emission fuel’, can be developed using a catalyst called Lanthanide. The catalyst absorbs oxygen molecules leaving the hydrogen behind -- in order to be used a nature fuel. An idea that was inspired by the process of photosynthesis.
The team, which has been doing research since its inception in 2008, have tried at least 700 different catalyst finally to end at Lanthanium. IIT-J is further mulling over using clay as a catalyst to develop the fuel.
Currently, researchers around the globe are finding it difficult to trap oxygen while producing pure hydrogen as pointed out by the team leader of the research project, Rakesh Sharma.
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