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May 2013 Issue

A Solar Boost for Natural Gas


Energy from the sun is focused by mirrors onto a device that changes natural gas into a more efficient fuel for making electricity.

Researchers at PNNL are working to use solar power to increase the energy content of natural gas. As the New York Times explains, "The new system captures solar energy in a chemical form, using the sun's heat to break open the molecules of natural gas and water, and reshuffle them into something that burns better: carbon monoxide and pure hydrogen." Read more...

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