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New H2 extraction method doubles efficiency!

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posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 02:19 PM
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This is if it pans out one of the largest breakthroughs in Alternatives to come out in a long time, this is gonna be huge folks!

www.physorg.com...



The researchers discovered that “defective” carbon nanotubes make it easier to “break” water molecules and extract hydrogen.

The discovery could have big implications, namely, lower hydrogen production costs, for industries looking to hydrogen as an alternative fuel.
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Buongiorno-Nardelli’s team discovered that naturally occurring defects in the nanotubes can increase the rate of a chemical reaction, because the atoms that form the defective nanotubes are essentially “incomplete,” thus making them more reactive.


That's weird but definetly a positive for a H2 economy. The HyWire may not be that far off indeed!


[edit on 29-9-2005 by sardion2000]




posted on Sep, 30 2005 @ 01:28 PM
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Odd. This is a fairly big breakthrough people don't ya have anything to say?



posted on Sep, 30 2005 @ 02:45 PM
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Scientists at North Carolina State University have discovered a nanoscale method for extracting hydrogen from water that requires only half the energy of current hydrogen production methods.


That's pretty damn cool. We still have to deal with all the problems of using the hydrogen, such as storing it, or using the fuel efficiently, but, hey, gotta start at the basics.

Still, in the end, it just means you might as well spend more money on CNT since either way they're useful.



posted on Sep, 30 2005 @ 03:01 PM
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Half the energy of "current methods" is still a huge amount. Will be some time before the energy available from hydrogen is more than the energy required to extract it and have it in a usable form. It is progress but we are still so far away from being able to use hydrogen in mobile applications. For in situ applications like electricity generation we may be at a level for practical applications within 5 years.



posted on Sep, 30 2005 @ 03:08 PM
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Originally posted by Amorymeltzer
That's pretty damn cool. We still have to deal with all the problems of using the hydrogen, such as storing it, or using the fuel efficiently, but, hey, gotta start at the basics.


They have the storage issue taken care of already.

Danish researchers develop hydrogen tablets



posted on Sep, 30 2005 @ 03:18 PM
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Originally posted by AceOfBase

Originally posted by Amorymeltzer
That's pretty damn cool. We still have to deal with all the problems of using the hydrogen, such as storing it, or using the fuel efficiently, but, hey, gotta start at the basics.


They have the storage issue taken care of already.

Danish researchers develop hydrogen tablets


I wouldn't go that far. The amonia required has a hazard level all it's own.



posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 03:15 AM
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Very cool!

Solar and Wind should be considered for the power source for the electrolysis so that we are not burning fossil fuels to produce the H2.

If that can be done twice as effeciently as before then why not?



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