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Scientists invent hydrogen-producing solar panels


Prof. Johan Martens (left) and his team of bioengineers, including Tom Bosserez (right), invented a solar panel that produces hydrogen.

Belgian scientists have invented a solar panel that produces hydrogen as a source of fuel to heat homes, according to www.inhabitat.com. The solar panels use moisture in the atmosphere to convert sunlight into hydrogen gas, which is stored in an oil tank near the building.

A team of scientists led by Johan Martens at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium, has been developing the hydrogen solar panel for 10 years. At first, the solar panels only could produce small quantities of hydrogen gas, but now hydrogen gas bubbles appear as soon as a panel is exposed to direct sunlight.