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Power Plant for Solar Energy Generation-’HelioWing’ Introduced By World4Solar

Here’s an article posted in Azo Clean Tech.

According to the article,

  • World4Solar introduces HelioWing™, an innovative power plant for solar energy generation
  • The out-of-the-box design of HelioWing™ is changing the landscape of solar energy generation
  • The power plant uses sustainable catalysts to produce green hydrogen

The process described in the article involves the production of green hydrogen using sustainable catalysts, particularly hydrogenases, in collaboration between experts from Swansea University and the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Grenoble.

  1. Use of Hydrogenases: Hydrogenases are natural enzymes that contain earth-abundant elements such as iron and nickel. They have the capability to generate green hydrogen using sunlight. This is in contrast to synthetic catalysts, which often rely on precious metals like platinum. However, hydrogenases are sensitive and quickly deactivate when exposed to air, limiting their practical use.
  2. Development of Engineered Solvents: The team has developed engineered solvents that enable hydrogenases to remain active in air. These solvents stabilize the enzymes, allowing them to be used for hydrogen production even in the presence of oxygen. This is a crucial development as it overcomes the sensitivity issue of hydrogenases, making their practical use viable.
  3. Creation of Hybrid Materials: Synthetic nanoparticles, particularly TiO2 nanoparticles, are integrated with natural enzymes (hydrogenases) to create hybrid materials. These materials combine the strengths of both components: TiO2 nanoparticles are excellent at utilizing sunlight to generate charges, while hydrogenases efficiently use these charges to produce green hydrogen. By combining these two components, the researchers achieve enhanced functionality for efficient green hydrogen generation from sunlight.
  4. Collaboration and Publication: The collaboration between Swansea University and CEA Grenoble, facilitated by strategic connections, has led to this groundbreaking research. The findings have been published in the international journal Angewandte Chemie, showcasing the significance and credibility of the research.
  5. Importance and Implications: Green hydrogen is essential for decarbonizing various sectors such as transportation (long-haul aviation, HGV, marine), chemical industry (fertilizer manufacture), and energy sector. However, the current costs of manufacturing green hydrogen hinder its widespread adoption. By utilizing sustainable catalysts like hydrogenases instead of costly platinum, the process becomes more affordable. This not only reduces the cost of electrolyzers and fuel cells but also decreases reliance on imports, thus enhancing energy security.

About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.

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