Wednesday, February 20, 2008

So, What's the Catch?

For some reason, this news article is deeply buried at PhysOrg.com.

Can't understand why, considering the vast-- and I mean Really Vast- implications of this:

New aluminum-rich alloy produces hydrogen
on-demand for large-scale uses

"We now have an economically viable process for producing hydrogen on-demand for vehicles, electrical generating stations and other applications," said Jerry Woodall, a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue who invented the process.

The new alloy contains 95 percent aluminum and 5 percent of an alloy that is made of the metals gallium, indium and tin. Because the new alloy contains significantly less of the more expensive gallium than previous forms of the alloy, hydrogen can be produced less expensively, he said.

When immersed in water, the alloy splits water molecules into hydrogen, and oxygen which immediately reacts with the aluminum to produce aluminum oxide, also called alumina, which can be recycled back into aluminum. Recycling aluminum from nearly pure alumina is less expensive than mining the aluminum-containing ore bauxite, making the technology more competitive with other forms of energy production, Woodall said.

I hope for all our sakes, that this Purdue professor patented his idea, and has some eager manufacturer or auto company already safely tucked away, in his hip pocket.

An excellent article, well worth the read! Do we dare hold our collective breaths, in hopes that it one day does away with petroleum based fuels?

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