ISRAEL - Hydrogen to Replace Coal and Oil?

Arno Froese

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa have developed an innovative prototype system for the efficient, safe production of hydrogen using only solar energy. The system contains a two-layer solar cell, known as a Tandem cell, “which enables a more efficient use of the light spectrum,” according to the Technion.

This means that “a part of the Sun’s radiation is absorbed into the upper layer of the solar cell, which is made of semi-transparent iron oxide,” the Technion said. “The radiation that is not absorbed in this layer passes through it and is subsequently absorbed by a photovoltaic cell, which is a specialized solar cell that converts the energy of light directly into electricity... Together, the two layers of the system provide the energy needed to deconstruct the water.”

The research was facilitated jointly by Prof. Avner Rothschild of the Technion’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Prof. Gideon Grader of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering.

Being able to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using solar energy “provides a way to produce hydrogen fuel in a clean process that takes only water and solar energy and converts them to clean hydrogen fuel with no other byproducts, except for oxygen,” Rothschild told The Jerusalem Post.

“The oxygen can be released to the atmosphere; there is absolutely no harm in this,” he said, adding that “it can also be used for chemical processes.”

This can be most useful for solar or wind farms that produce plenty of power during peak hours, “but produce nothing at night [solar farms] or when there is no wind [wind farms]... You cannot rely on these power sources to supply the demand, unless you can store excess energy produced during peak production hours and convert it back to power when needed,” he said. “This is the major obstacle for increasing the use of solar farms and wind farms and making these renewable power sources our main source of electricity.” Solar water splitting is also “an attractive way of storing solar energy in clean hydrogen fuel,” Rothschild said., 6 January 2020

Arno's commentary

One step at a time, Israeli’s inventiveness seems to have no bounds. Energy, in this case, is one of the great insecurities for the modern industrial world. Given the ever-increasing use of natural gas, oil, and coal, will there be enough energy to supply mankind? While this discovery is noteworthy, Professor Rothschild admits that it will take many years with enormous investments in the attempt to replace fossil fuels.

With this and many other developments, we recognize that the center of knowledge is increasingly found in Israel.

Why Israel? Because it was there that Jesus came, worked, died, and arose, with the clear message we find documented in Acts 1:11: “…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” So, how does the coming of Jesus relate to these new experiments? The simple answer: the world’s attention will continuously be focused toward Israel, albeit for the wrong reason. Not because Jesus came there and will be coming again, but because of profits. Most of all, it is Israel where the Antichrist will be revealed and the words of Jesus come to pass: “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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