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Trash to Treasure - Researchers turn metal waste into catalyst for hydrogen.

A team from the University of Nottingham has discovered a breakthrough method to turn metal waste into a highly efficient catalyst for hydrogen production. By utilizing the textured surface of metal swarf, typically a byproduct of machining, they found that platinum or cobalt atoms could be anchored to these surfaces, creating an effective electrocatalyst for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. This innovation is crucial as it addresses the challenge of relying on fossil fuels for hydrogen production. Traditional methods often require precious metals like platinumal methods often require precious metals like platinum, which are both expensive and limited in supply. However, by repurposing metal waste and employing nanotextured surfaces, the researchers have significantly reduced the amount of precious metal needed for efficient hydrogen production. The resulting electrocatalysts operate with exceptional efficiency, using only a fraction of the platinum compared to commercial catalysts. This breakthrough has implications for sustainability and economic viability, as it not only offers a greener pathway for hydrogen production but also repurposes metal waste from industries like aerospace. The team is collaborating with AqSorption Ltd to scale up the technology, potentially revolutionizing the hydrogen production industry. Moreover, this advancement aligns with efforts to promote green industries and advanced manufacturing, as demonstrated by the establishment of the Zero Carbon Cluster in the East Midlands. Ultimately, this research contributes to addressing global zero-carbon challenges, particularly in transportation and manufacturing, by advancing sustainable hydrogen propulsion systems through innovative materials design.



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  • George Kariuki

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    This breakthrough cuts reliance on fossil fuels AND reduces the need for precious metals This is how we develop a circular economy for a greener tomorrow.

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    • Princess

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      @george_kariuki This approach aligns perfectly with the principles of a circular economy, where resources are reused and regenerated, leading to a more sustainable and greener future.

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      • Munene Mugambi

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        This breakthrough in hydrogen production offers a promising solution to reduce pollution and wastage in the sector. The important thing is that, this process minimizes the reliance on precious metals like platinum while enhancing efficiency. This not only reduces environmental impact but also addresses resource scarcity concerns, paving the way for more sustainable and economically viable hydrogen production methods. A win as I see it

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      • walter lungayi

        5 w

        This is a significant advancement in sustainable technology.

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        • Munene Mugambi

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          @walter_lungayi Indeed it is. Cutting on usage of precious metals that we do not have in bulk is a sure way to keep the industry going through other production methods. It saves on vital resources that can be used in other fields

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          • Princess

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            @walter_lungayi It's inspiring to see researchers and innovators pushing the boundaries of what's possible to create solutions that benefit both people and the planet.

            • Princess

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              @munene_mugambi It's a win-win situation that promotes efficiency and resourcefulness across various industries.

            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              5 w

              Turning waste into something useful is an amazing innovation

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              • Munene Mugambi

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                @elizbeth_gathigia Yes, this is the basic principle in a circular economy. To ensure zero or little wastage while harnessing available resources and byproducts to make more products and in turn, creating an endless cycle of environmental responsibility.

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                • Princess

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                  @elizbeth_gathigia It's a brilliant example of innovation that benefits both the environment and society as a whole.

                • Saustine Lusanzu

                  5 w

                  Impressive!

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                  • Princess

                    5 w

                    @saustine_lusanzu Indeed! It's incredible what can be achieved through innovation and creativity.

                  • Markus Lutteman

                    5 w

                    Wow!

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                    • Princess

                      5 w

                      @Markus_Lutteman It's pretty amazing, right? Innovation never fails to impress with its ability to transform challenges into opportunities for positive change.

                    • Rashid Kamau

                      5 w

                      This is a great innovations that can curb climate change.

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                      • Princess

                        5 w

                        @rashid_kamau It's encouraging to see advancements that offer tangible solutions to such a critical global issue.

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                      • Gorffly mokua

                        5 w

                        This is exciting news! This not only reduces the amount of metal waste that ends up in landfills but also creates an opportunity for cleaner energy solutions.

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                        • Princess

                          5 w

                          @gorffly_mokua It's a win-win for both the environment and sustainable energy development.

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                        • winnie nguru

                          5 w

                          This is so innovative

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                          • Gorffly mokua

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                            @winnie_nguru Absolutely! 💚💚👏

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                            • Princess

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                              @winnie_nguru Absolutely! Innovation drives progress, and breakthroughs like this one showcase the power of creativity and ingenuity in solving complex challenges.

                            • Kevin

                              5 w

                              Excellent transformation !

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                              • Princess

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                                @Kevin Indeed! Transforming metal waste into a catalyst for hydrogen production is an excellent example of turning a problem into an opportunity. It's remarkable how innovation can lead to such positive transformations in sustainability and resource management.

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