Summary #1348

A revolution in the field of energy research
  • New technology can, among other uses, produce hydrogen from water without emitting greenhouse gases, to be used industrially and for transportation.
  • Creators are studying other potential uses, including the ability to recharge batteries in seconds, or generate oxygen from space rocks for planet explorers.
  • The technology is based on an observation that some materials change properties in unusual ways when treated with microwaves compared to normal heating.
  • Microwaves accelerate electrons in ionic materials, triggering the release of oxygen molecules.
  • This technology could play a big role in the global mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero.


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