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12 November 2010

OriginOil Achieves Hydrogen Production Comparable To Photovoltaics

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OriginOil has announced that it has succeeded in producing hydrogen from the power of the sun at a level comparable to solar photovoltaics

The research breakthrough points to a highly scalable and renewable source of hydrogen that can be deployed as an additional system output in algae production settings.
To achieve this breakthrough, OriginOil researchers built a pared-down version of the company's Hydrogen Harvester and tested many process variables and materials.

They achieved hydrogen energy corresponding to a solar energy conversion efficiency of about 12 percent continuously for several hours on a partially clouded day. The sole energy input was the Sun. By comparison, commercial solar cells achieve conversion efficiencies between six and 20 percent.


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