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Solar panels for hydrogen production hit the market



Rooftop solar panels that capture sunlight and water from the air will soon become a reality. Like photovoltaic panels, hydrogen panels will be connected, but with gas pipes rather than electrical cables.

KU Leuven researchers develop solar panels to produce hydrogen

This new solution will soon be on the market through a partner company.

For more than ten years, researchers have been developing and refining this technology, and the final prototype has been embodied in an attractive design. Komate Engineering and Design.

How do solar panels work to produce hydrogen?

A hydrogen solar panel converts water vapor in the air into hydrogen using sunlight. The researchers guarantee that they can produce about 250 liters of hydrogen per day. with an efficiency of 15%.

This Solhyd project has entered a phase of transition from research to investment by a partner company.

Simply put… hydrogen panels, are solar panels that split water molecules to produce hydrogen gas using solar energy. Very dry places on Earth are not suitable for this technology due to the arid environment.

These new panels are identical to traditional solar panels, but instead of an electrical cable, they are connected by gas pipes.

The top layer of the panel generates electricity, while the bottom layer is a piping system that generates hydrogen by extracting water molecules from the air through a membrane.

Solhyd Hydrogen Solar Panels

According to researcher Jan Ronge from KU Leuven, “Solhyd hydrogen solar panels are compatible with most modern photovoltaic modules and can be connected directly to the system. In this way, we can benefit from technological developments and cost reductions in the photovoltaic industry. To enhance this synergy, Solhyd hydrogen solar panels are compatible with most existing mounting structures.”.

Solhyd solar panels for hydrogen production
Solhyd Prototype Presentation

Hydrogen solar panels are small, modular and ideal for decentralized production. It is estimated that 20 of these panels can provide electricity and heat to a well-insulated house with a heat pump all winter long.

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When installed together with a solar thermal collector and traditional solar panels hydrogen solar panels can help heat homes and provide year-round electricity.

Estes solar panels do not store hydrogen, work at low pressure, so they have high safety and economy. The produced hydrogen is collected from the panel and then compressed if necessary (which allows it to be stored indefinitely). Of course, some applications do not require gas compression, or other forms of storage will be used.

The use of hydrogen produced by solar panels

Hydrogen produced by Solhyd solar panels can be used in a variety of applications such as mobility. Or for medium duty applications such as backup power, heavy hauling.

Later, with advances in technology, it will be possible to come up with any application, such as large-scale ammonia production or even small stand-alone systems.

Costs will be the same as in the photovoltaic market, as no precious metals are used in the production of these panels, which keeps the price affordable.

Since 2011, several prototypes of these solar panels have been tested, so the researchers are confident that the commercial production of these hydrogen solar panels will start.

It was in September that Solhyd began industrial development of the project, moving from university premises to a 350 square meter facility near Leuven with the help of the municipality of Flanders.

Initially, several dozen panels will be produced for use in small pilot projects. But by 2026, the team hopes to produce more than 5,000 hydrogen solar panels per year at a price similar to photovoltaic panels currently on the market.

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Images of solar panels for hydrogen production from Solhyd


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Everything has been delivered. 10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners



Everything has been delivered.  10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

OAll Bugatti Centodieci have been delivered, the Molsheim-based brand said on Monday. Cristiano Ronaldo received the number 07 in October this year. and Bugatti has now revealed that the latest unit – #10 – is already in the possession of its owner.

“The Centodieci combines all the values ​​of the Bugatti brand in an extraordinary package: rarity, innovation, heritage, craftsmanship and unrivaled performance. The production batch of 10 units was so in demand by our customers that it was sold before the Centodieci. was even officially presented,” said Christophe Piochon, president of Bugatti.

This latest example is finished in Quartz White with carbon fiber trim on the bottom and matte grilles. The brake calipers are painted in Light Blue Sport, as is the logo on the rear that refers to the EB110, the iconic Bugatti model that inspired this Centodieci. Inside, the predominant color is also blue, as you can see in the images above.

This block is powered by the same block as the other nine instances. The 8.0-liter W16 with four turbines is capable of developing 1600 hp. In terms of performance, this allows the Centodieci to hit 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 380 km/h.

Recall that each unit costs the owners eight million euros before taxes.

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The first Dacia hybrid. “The cheapest hybrid family on the market”



The first Dacia hybrid.  "The cheapest hybrid family on the market"

BUT Dacia revealed this Monday that the hybrid engine has been available since March on the Jogger, the Romanian brand’s model known to be available with a seven-seat variant.

The Jogger Hybrid 140, Dacia’s first hybrid, will hit dealerships in March, but customers can expect and order it as early as January.

The price has been revealed by Dacia and since it’s only available in the seven-seater SL Extreme, it starts at €28,800. The brand claims it is “the most affordable hybrid family car on the market.”

Available in six existing colors to celebrate the launch of this hybrid, there will be a slate gray version, as you can see in the images above.

Equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 90 hp, the Jogger is also powered by two electric motors (a 50 hp engine and a high-voltage starter-generator). The total power is 140 horsepower. The electric transmission is automatic, four-speed, connected to an internal combustion engine, and two speeds are connected to an electric motor. This combined technology was possible, according to Dacia, only due to the lack of clutch.

Combined with the energy recovery levels of the 1.2kWh (230V) battery pack and the efficiency of the automatic transmission, regenerative braking delivers all-electric traction on 80% of urban journeys and saves up to 40% of fuel compared to a combustion engine vehicle.

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See how Tesla tests its electric Semi truck in the worst-case scenarios



Tesla Semi camião elétrico testes

Tesla has finally been able to bring its long-awaited Semi to market. This electric truck promises to revolutionize transportation and bring all the unique characteristics of this type of electric vehicle to this class of vehicles.

Now that the first units have been delivered, there is hope that they will finally be mass-produced and reach more transport companies. With so many promises to be kept, a new video is now emerging showing Tesla testing its Semi truck under worst-case scenarios.

Tesla Semi is already on the market

Like all Tesla electric vehicles, Semi follows the same line of creating a unique design associated with a platform with the most modern technology available. The proof is in what was presented to the public and surprised most people.

To prove the quality of this new proposal, Tesla published in your LinkedIn account new video. In it, he reveals some of the testing he's done to determine the strength and quality of the Semi's design and its (potential) durability.

Tests to prove its durability

It has been revealed that the Tesla electric truck is subjected to numerous tests and its application in the worst scenarios that drivers may face. It doesn't stop at the ruggedness of the Semi's designs, but goes further and focuses on the motors and batteries themselves.

This is the proof that many have been waiting for to ensure that this new proposal is not limited to a lot of autonomy. Its resistance is great and will provide greater durability, further enhancing the Semi's value and performance.

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high quality electric truck

Tesla has already showcased the Semi's quality with a video showing its truck driving roughly 500 miles on just one charge. The big news here is that he managed to make this long journey with a maximum load of about 37 tons.

Now Tesla remains to widely place the Semi on the market. At the moment, only a few companies have access to this new product, with a very long list of pending deliveries, who want to start mass-using this electric truck offering.

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