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Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Production Technology and Innovation in Automobile Industry

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According to foreign media reports, a recent breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production technology may promote the development of the automotive industry. Together, the two institutions of higher learning have achieved innovative breakthroughs in hydrogen fuel production, which play a key role in helping to reduce human dependence on carbon-based fuels.

Unlike previous production methods, this innovation in hydrogen fuel production does not involve solar energy. In fact, researchers rely mainly on deciphering chemical mechanisms to make photochemical processes more effective. The production method was developed by researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology and the University of Ben Gurion (BGU) in Negev.

Although the University of Exeter in the UK had previously used ferric lanthanum oxide as a solution, researchers at both universities proposed a more comprehensive approach to uncover the chemical reactions that occur in solar energy. Therefore, researchers link power generation with solar energy, as opposed to relying on human power and precious metals for power generation. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water decomposition method stores radiated solar energy in chemical bonds by generating hydrogen.

Hydrogen fuels have many advantages: 1. zero carbon dioxide emissions (water only); 2. compliance with California (high-load vehicles) Lane requirements; 3. hydrogenation takes only five minutes; 4. 3-year free fuel with a standard value of $15,000.

At present, automobile manufacturers are seeking to develop efficient and environmentally friendly hydrogen-powered vehicles. Unlike electric vehicles, hydrogen-powered vehicles have faster hydrogenation speed and longer range.

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