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NEW IRON MOLECULE RAISES HOPE FOR CHEAP SOLAR ENERGY

The quest for cheap and reliable energy source could be what led the scientists to embark researches for some of the most unlikely sources for energy production. The moves are partly supported and motivated by academic and research objectives and partly to create a new framework of energy production and extraction.

The perceived feasibility challenges in the moves are the reason lots of eyebrows had been raised on such an issue. Some of the effort made so far for the artificial and cheap energy source is the China’s artificial sun ambitions or the device that was developed to convert exhaust into renewable energy, the sheer number of examples of creative energy generation is truly inspiring.

A new iron molecule has been discovered by the researchers. The researcher was able to produce an iron molecule with photocatalytic promise. The new material could be another promise for better electricity generation in solar cells and fuel production. In fact, if the whole chemistry behind the material can be harnessed properly, then it could provide large benefits to future energy sources.

Before now, there had been predictions that other metals can have in photocatalysis, with scientists focusing on iridium and ruthenium more and more due to the access they provide to new synthetic spaces through new reaction mechanisms. The challenge remains how rare both metals are for energy construction.

The results of the new molecule were produced by altering the approach to the molecular coordination, which allowed them to create an iron molecule that resulted in iron-based light that was observable at room temperature, a first in science, although their work builds on previous studies in the same area.

According to Petter Persson of Lund University, a colleague in the team of researchers, “the good result depends on the fact that we have optimized the molecular structure around the iron atom”

A chemistry professor, Kenneth Warnmark of Lund University in Sweden says “Our results now show that by using advanced molecule design, it is possible to replace the rare metals with iron which is common in the Earth’s crust making it possible to make cheap energy source”

A revised or expanded roadmap of solar energy production could be in the works, according to the researchers. This could also mean developments in another number of areas which rely on iron.

Beyond the promising potential of the iron molecule, the fact that the breakthrough came now is what amazed the researchers the most since some of them believed it could take up to ten years. Another surprise, however, if given the rate at which we are consuming materials, that one day a similar team will be announcing a cheaper alternative to the very rare iron.

This type of research serves as a footprint for other researchers in a way of addressing the most important issue currently on the energy source. The use of solar energy for useful applications had been a major concern to many people since it is cheap, rechargeable, storable, and unlimited. However, the momentum obtainable with the energy had remained an issue of doubt making it impossible to compete properly with other types of energy source. A material such as this one could provide a way to make a better use of solar energy and help it compete appropriately through better storage and durable discharge time and overall storage capacity.

Originally posted 2018-12-03 13:22:13.

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