the scientists emiliana fabbri and thomas schmidt in a lab at psi where they conducted experiments to study the performance of the newly developed catalyst for electrolysers. credit: paul scherrer institute/mahir dzambegovicefficient storage technologies are necessary if solar and wind energy is to help satisfy increased energy demands. one important approach is storage in the form of hydrogen extracted from water using solar or wind energy. this process takes place in a so-called electrolyser. thanks to a new material developed by researchers at the paul scherrer institute psi and empa, these devices are likely to become cheaper and more efficient in the future. the material in question works as a catalyst accelerating the splitting of water molecules: the first step in the production of hydrogen. researchers also showed that this new material can be reliably produced in large quantities and demonstrated its performance capability within a technical electrolysis cell—the main component of an electrolyser. the results of their research have been published in the current edition of the scientific journal nature materials. since solar and wind energy is not always available, it will only contribute significantly to meeting energy demands once a reliable storage method has been developed. one promising approach to this problem is storage in the form of hydrogen. this process...