Comsewogue Sisters To Take Green Energy Idea to National Competition

April 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Comsewogue High School students Shilpa and Shweta Iyer have been awarded first placeĀ at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair for their work on developing a green-energy system that uses hydrogen to generate energy.

The students, both seniors at Comsewogue, have been working on the system through a mentorship program run by Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Their creation: A system that uses a biomass catalyst made out of soybeans to extract hydrogen atoms from water and turn them into hydrogen fuel.

“Because soybeans are so high in protein, which improves the durability of the catalyst, we decided they were the most viable option, and started to test it with molybdenum metal,” Shilpa said in a statement. “We found that the catalyst worked well for water electrolysis for more than 500 hours.”

The sisters will next travel to Phoenix to compete in the national Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where a win could earn them a $75,000 prize.

“Shilpa and Shweta showed great scientific talent and creativity in conceiving the idea to use natural materials as a hydrogen catalyst,” said Brookhaven chemistry research associate Wei-Fu Chen, the duo’s mentor, in a statement. “We filed a provisional patent application for this technology, which is terrific in such a short time. Their research is at the level of that done by graduate students, not high-school students. They are wonderful to work with.”

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