posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 03:38 PM
A new alternative for the production of hydrogen has been found by NCSU scientists which uses half the energy value to free hydrogen from water.
This means the current 2,000ºC used to crack water can be done at less than 1,000ºC.
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.
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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The hydrogen based economy gets one step closer to reality.
This breakthrough means it will be far easier employ the heat of the sun to produce hydrogen, rather relying on nuclear technology to generate the
current needed temps of 2000ºC.
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[edit on 6-10-2005 by Regenmacher]
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