Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have found a way to break water molecule with little energy use. This presented a major obstacle to the discovery of sustainable energy. With the new discovery, the doors for creating a renewable energy with no wastage is wide open for further research.
So, does this mean we will be able to smell a really-ecofriendly coffee in the next year? Maybe not! The researchers have essentially reduced the hay-stack of virtually infinite possibilities of discovering a magical catalyst to drive chemical reaction. It means they have zeroed-in on possibilities to find a catalyst that can drive cost-effective, and reliable chemical reactions.
To an average person, this research may not mean anything! Hey, afterall, we need to see it to believe it, right? But, to other scientists this can be a complete-game changer. Earlier, some elements like Ruthenium or Iridium showed tremendous promise in this regard. However, these are known to be inefficient and unreliable. However, the scientists at Trinity college took a deeper look with the help of supercomputers.
They have taken the research community a step closer to the promise of immeasurable energy without a backlash. As the challenge for CO2 emission keeps rising, this is the need for the hour for the world.
The biggest obstacle in this discovery is water is a very stable molecule. And, it requires a great deal of effort for its breakup. So, the colossal potential required to its production has always remained elusive.
Supercomputers At our Aid
The research also promises new insights into how to make new discoveries. The scientists were able to use supercomputers to reduce the large haystack of possibilities to a bare minimum. This is a key takeaway of this research for various research organizations. Research team led by Professor Max García-Melchor demonstrated that supercomputers may be the answer to discovering the elusive magical catalysts the world is looking for.