In the MAGEC research project we propose an approach that is up-to-date, innovative and feasible in order to improve the production of hydrogen by photolysis of water through photonic processes, the conversion of infrared energy into visible-ultraviolet energy (“up-conversion”) in luminescent materials doped with rare earth elements. In this respect, our research team has already achieved significant improvements in photocatalytic systems based on titanium oxide (the most efficient commercial photocatalyst so far), for the degradation of pollutants in water with solar type radiation. MAGEC proposes an important advance and is in the process of developing a semi-industrial and sustainable exploitation of the extraction of hydrogen from seawater, by using traditional salt pans as a system of solar photoreactors, thereby taking advantage of the disused infrastructure present in the Canary Islands, a favorable region for the development of renewable energies and, in particular, for a community using sun and water as exclusive energy sources.
As an added benefit, MAGEC also sets out to take advantage of the great potential of the mineral resources from rare earth present in rocks and sediments in the Canary Islands as a potential mining resource with minimum impact and relatively low operating cost.
Translation: Minerva Gutiérrez (revisions by Sally Burgess)
Dubbing: Brian McMorrow
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