Hail hydrogen

Hail hydrogen – Brief Article

A new discovery could kickstart the ‘Hydrogen Economy.’ Scientists have discovered a ‘metabolic switch’ which makes algae convert water and sunlight into hydrogen.

Hydrogen has been widely touted as the ‘fuel of the future’ because it emits so little pollution. But, until now, producing hydrogen itself has been a costly and energy intensive process. The new discovery, which was announced by Tasios Melis, a biology professor at the University of California, at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this month, makes hydrogen a truly renewable fuel. ‘It’s the equivalent of striking oil,’ he said.

Within a decade, scientists hope to have perfected the process to such an extent that the algae from a small garden pond would be able to power several small ‘hydro-cars’.

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