Scientists in Germany are headlining a new future with the creation of an artificial sun that is able to replicate energy and produce up to 10,000 times the heat that comes from sunlight.
Called the Synlight, the artificial sun was developed at the German Aerospace Center (GAC) near Cologne and is composed of 149 bright film projector spotlights, GMA News Online reports.
According to GAC institute director Bernhard Hoffschmidt, the Synlight works by focusing all lamps on one point. This then generates radiation that translates to over 3,000 degrees Celsius.
The project aims to adequately produce hydrogen in conditions where it would otherwise not be normally possible like when there are storms or cloudy skies that block sunlight.
Hydrogen is being eyed as a main alternative to fossil fuels in light of global warming and other issues that come with using the latter.
Currently, hydrogen can be produced through a handful of means including electrolysis, a process where water is split into its basic form. But with the Synlight, scientists are hoping that this will be the new go-to process for producing hydrogen in the future.
However, there a few drawbacks with this method.
For one, Synlight itself consumes a large amount of energy. In just four hours, it consumes energy equal to what a four-person household would in one whole year.
It’s also far from cheap as it reportedly costs somewhere around $3.5 million (roughly P175 million).
Despite the challenges, the GAC plans to put Synlight into commercial use but their ultimate goal is to one day utilize natural sunlight to produce hydrogen amid the problems presented by changing weather conditions.
It’s in German but you can check out how it looks below.