A group of scientists in Australia discovered something amazing. According to a new paper the researchers published in Nature, there is an enzyme that can turn air into electrical energy. Huc is the name of this enzyme. The researchers believe it may be a source for clean, renewable energy we can trust in the future.
According to the research, the Huc enzyme utilizes low amounts of hydrogen in the air we breathe to create an electrical current. Researchers from Australia’s Monash University Biomedicine Institute, Melbourne led the team. They recently demonstrated how bacteria can use hydrogen to generate energy in low-nutrient environments.
Now, though, the team has managed to extract the exact enzyme used in this process. The Huc enzyme is extraordinarily efficient, too. It can use as little as 0. 00005 Percent of hydrogen in Earth’s atmosphere is used during this process. Researchers extracted the enzyme using Mycobacterium Smegmatis, a bacteria.
The researchers also discovered that it is very easy to store the Huc enzyme for long periods of time. This was done by freezing the enzyme and heating it to 80 degrees Celsius. The enzyme was able to produce energy from hydrogen at both temperatures. The enzyme is essential for bacteria to survive even in the harshest environments.
If we harness the Huc enzyme to generate clean energy, it might be possible to give mankind the ability to make electrical energy from thin air. This would allow us to provide better electricity options for even remote areas.
With the Huc enzyme, we could create power generators in more parts of the world than currently possible, allowing even more people access to electricity than ever before. Combined with other clean energy options, like transparent solar panels that replace windows, it’s easy to see how the world of clean energy is starting to evolve.
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