Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and DIFFER, the Dutch Institute of fundamental energy research, have come together to develop a device that allows hydrogen to be obtained from the air, which can mean a revolution in renewable energies.
The objective of this alliance between Toyota and DIFFER is to develop a device that absorbs water vapor and separates it directly into hydrogen and oxygen using the sun’s energy. Just put a special device in contact with the air and expose it to sunlight and start producing fuel, at no cost, the Japanese company has reported.
The investigation is based on two certainties. On the one hand, new sustainable fuels are needed to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. On the other, it is necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One of those sustainable fuels is hydrogen, which can be used to store renewable energy. When hydrogen is combined with oxygen in a fuel cell, the energy is released in the form of electricity, emitting water vapor as the only residue.