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Talk:Directory:MIT:Daniel Nocera:Catalytic Electrolysis

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MIT researchers have combined a liquid catalyst with photovoltaic cells to achieve nearly a 100% efficient electrolysis in a simple set-up, which could make solar energy more affordable and practical -- excess capacity during the day could be stored as hydrogen and oxygen, then used in fuel cells at night when needed.

There is a video explaining the concept and the best thing ... Dan Nocera says "I open courced it". So apparently, while MIT does hold the patent to this discovery, word is out on how to do it and it can be done by anyone in a relatively low-tech way.

Video link: MIT's Dan Nocera Creates Energy From Water & Sunlight

MIT Professor Dan Nocera made this discovery 6 months ago and wants to share it with the world, although MIT owns the patent. He has published his breakthrough and made it "open-source." His students are already inventing machines applying this science and he says, "This is the way science works!"

Sun Catalytix is a startup alt energy company established to commercialize the Daniel Nocera discovery.

In this MIT video - Dan Nocera explains how his discovery will make homes energy-independent when applied.

Scientific Publications that describe the discovery

Kanan M.W., Nocera D.G.

In Situ Formation of an Oxygen-Evolving Catalyst in Neutral Water Containing Phosphate and Co2+

Science 2008, 321, 1072-1075

Kanan M.W., Surendranath Y., Nocera D.G.

Cobalt-phosphate oxygen-evolving compound

Chem. Soc. Rev. 2009, 38, 109-114

Lutterman D.A., Surendranath Y., Nocera D.G.

A Self-Healing Oxygen-Evolving Catalyst

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 3838-3839

Surendranath Y., Dinc? M., Nocera D.G.

Electrolyte Dependent Electrosynthesis and Activity of Cobalt-Based Water Oxidation Catalysts

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 2615-2620

McAlpin J.G., Surendranath Y., Dinca M., Stich T.A., Stoian S.A., Casey W.H., Nocera D.G., Britt R.D

EPR Evidence for Co(IV) Species Produced During Water Oxidation at Neutral pH

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 6882-6883

Dinca M., Surendranath Y., Nocera D.G.

Nickel-borate oxygen-evolving catalyst that functions under benign conditions

Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 2010, 107, 10337-10341

Kanan M.W., Yano J., Surendranath Y., Dinca M., Yachandra V.K., Nocera D.G.

Structure and Valency of a Cobalt-Phosphate Water Oxidation Catalyst Determined by in Situ X-ray Spectroscopy

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 13692-13701


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I don't get it... I thought energy equations have to be balanced.. so the limiting factor is still the efficiency of photovoltaic cells,, ie. the ability to convert sunlight to electricity thereby limits the nightime conversion output..admittingly there is more daylight time than nighttime awake time.. I guess if you combined this technology with a hybrid engine, gas/fuel cell there would be some benefits.. or perhaps increases in sunlight energy-conversion efficiencies is the limiting frontier.. do I understand this correctly?


I did not hear in the video he said it was open source as mentioned above. Are there some detailed explanations or plans somewhere to try and replicate this or did I just miss it?