The Glasgow university scientists are harnessing the way plants use photosynthesis to produce energy. This relatively new process could hopefully one day see hydrogen replace methane as the gas of choice to for energy and in turn reducing carbon emissions on a huge scale.
Dr Symes said: “Currently, much of the industrial production of hydrogen relies on reformation of fossil fuels, but if the electricity is provided via solar, wind or wave sources, we can create an almost totally clean source of power”.
Further research and extensive testing will need to be carried out before this type of technology would be rolled out publicly. Storage is also another issue that would need to be further developed for the storage of hydrogen.