'Water will be fuel of the future'

'Water will be fuel of the future'

Nuclear power cannot be a source of energy for the future as there is not much uranium deposits left.

Instead, developed nations are looking at hydrogen energy as an alternative source, said Prof CNR Rao, national research professor and Llinus Pauling research professor of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.

Delivering the Silver Jubilee Lecture on “2011 – Celebration of Science” at the Indian Institute of Science in the City, he said artificial photosynthesis, solar, fuel cells, batteries are some of the other venues that need to be looked at when it comes to power generation.

He asked the young scientists to think on solutions for the problems faced by mankind.
“Don’t worry about price of tomatoes. Think big and take up bigger challenges. Smaller issues will be there throughout life. But, the issues in energy and environment sector, which mankind is struggling to cope with, need to be addressed,” he said.

Elaborating on ideas on hydrogen energy, Rao quoted lines from the Mysterious Island of Jules Verne, saying: “Water will be the coal of the future.” Verne’s prediction will come true soon, he said.

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