According to reports published by Futurism in Nature magazine, according to the results of a new study, Monash University researchers in Melbourne, Australia discovered a new bacterial enzyme that converts hydrogen in the Earth’s atmosphere into electricity. By achieving the technology of using this enzyme, it can be hoped that it will be used in fuel cells in the future and provide energy for everything from smart watches to even passenger cars.
Professor Chris Greening, one of the influential researchers in the project, said: “We have known for some time that bacteria can use hydrogen in the air as an energy source to help them grow and survive, including in Antarctic soils, volcanic craters and deep oceans. “But we didn’t know how they did it until now.”
The enzyme, called Huc, is extracted from Mycobacterium smegmati – a fairly common and very flexible bacterium. The mentioned enzyme was discovered through some advanced methods of molecular mapping.
“Huc is incredibly efficient,” said Rhys Greenter, senior researcher and researcher at Monash University. Unlike all known enzymes and chemical catalysts, it even consumes very little hydrogen, as little as 0.00005 percent of the air we breathe.”