New cheaper and more efficient materials for the storage of renewable energy in the form of hydrogen could replace the current water separation catalysts. Professor Anthony O’Mullane, of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), said that the potential for the chemical storage of renewable energy in the form of hydrogen is being researched all over the world.
The Australian government is interested in developing a hydrogen export industry to export our abundant renewable energy,» said O’Mullane of the QUT School of Science and Engineering. In the beginning, hydrogen offers a way to store clean energy on a scale that is required to make viable the deployment of large-scale wind and solar farms, as well as the export of green energy. However, current methods that use carbon sources to produce hydrogen emit carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that mitigates the benefits of using renewable energy from the sun and wind.