Scientists in Germany have activated a device that can generate up to 10,000 times the amount of solar radiation that hits the surface of the Earth.
The machine, called the Synlight, may be able to help researchers discover new ways to utilise hydrogen as a renewable source of energy.
The device is located in a facility in Juelich, Germany, and being manned by researchers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The device, also called “the world’s largest artificial sun,” is composed of 149 spotlights.
Bernhard Hoffschmidt, the director of DLR’s Institute of Solar Research, said this technology can help pave way for more useful ways to utilise hydrogen as a renewable energy. For instance, companies can make environment-friendly kerosene by combining hydrogen and carbon monoxide.
However, finding a sustainable source of hydrogen has been difficult for scientists. This is because while hydrogen is abundant in the universe, it is a rare element on Earth.
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