posted on Sep, 11 2005 @ 02:55 PM
Remeber Chemistry and Physics (The classes some slept through).
Gasoline the stuff we use now is a form of stored hydrogen. Currently we are using it in a combustion process and splitting it into CO2, NOX, H2O and
some other chemicals and using 20% or less of the energy pushing a bunch of pistons and expending energy to toss away the heat. The hydrogen is only a
player in the process where we are mostly oxidizing the carbon.
Ever wonder how the refining process gets us these fuels. It takes fractioning, the earlist process developed to make fuel. Latet we started using
catalyst to further refine fuels. We actually produce more usable fuel and ditch impurities with less of an effect on the cost of production.
I can see that the direction we are going is that oil companies are going to start producing a form of hydrogen liquid that I'll call Hfuel and
explain later. Just by reading adds from Shell, Chevron and others something is in the works. No one can say what because it means that when the
technology is available and automakers can take advantage of it, who ever is first to market can reap the benefits and profits. Yes we would still be
using fossils to seed and feed the process and produce the product but use less oil. But lets say this process doubles production of usable fuel from
the proverbial barrel-o-oil. We would then have the start to alternative sources. If from that point on we could reduce the oil consumption in that
sector at 1% per year Peak Oil would become a thing of the pass. We still have to convert millions of homes and businesses that depend on heating oil
to another fuel/energy. We also have to consider natural gas though we may start producing more bio-gas and be able to keep it for a while.
The Xfuel I speak of could be any form of hydride or chemical bonded molecule to stablize H into a storable fuel. Several projects have been
successfully proven worthy. Some produce a soapy substance and water but production costs from what I read it was too expensive to be viable yet. In
this case the H was stored in a powder form bound to Calcium if I remeber right. A catalyst in the presence of heat split of the hydrogen as needed to
feed the fuel cell and the soapy substance was collected for later use or reuse expelling only the water.
Catalyst will play a major role in the production of this HFuel as it uses less energy to produce results. In most cases high temperatures are
involved just in the gas refining process. This is where nuclear as some of you have said can come into play but we may have to back off some
Environmental Controls and NRC rules to make it happen. If we do move towards nuclear than it should be a mandate that fuel rods, core and pellets are
recycled to reduce the burden on RA-waste buildup.
If we can reduce a building full of vacume tubes down to a PDA, why can't we kick the fossil fuel habbit?