Hydrogen: the Fuel of the Future

Topics: Hydrogen, Water, Petroleum Pages: 3 (1265 words) Published: October 8, 1999
Hydrogen: The Fuel of The Future

By: Json

Why are we as Americans so afraid to change? even if it is a change for the better? the world has been using oil coal and other petroleum products to power just about everything that moves for the last 150 years. yet most cars in the united states only get 10-20 miles a gallon and even the "good" ones can get only a petty 20-50 miles a gallon. so why do we put up with the inefficiency when there are far better alternatives out there? Such as hydrogen, which was discovered hundreds of years ago. Hydrogen has long been known for its explosive propeties (with air) and abundance in the universe (in other forms i.e. water on earth, and its form in space is a gas). Hydrogen can do just about everything conventional fuels can do but better.

Hydrogen can be "packaged" in several ways, as a fuel gas in a H2/02 powered engine or the newly devised solid state pellet of hydrogen isotopes that contains about the equivalent of 5000 cubic feet of hydrogen and is broken down and releases gas into the second chamber where it goes to the engine for use. There are many ways to get pure hydrogen out of many compounds using methods such as electrolysis and chemical reactions. One of the easiest ways is using a chemical reaction. Simple chemicals (aluminum,sodium hydroxide, and water) can be reacted in the home to produce heavy hydrogen to power your furnace or your hot water heater . No electrical power at all is required. The reaction also gives off a tremendous amount of heat. Even the waste heat could be captured for heating the house. The resulting sodium aluminate is harmless and could be collected at recoiling centers for complete acid/base neutralization. This way is a simpler way than electrolysis produce hydrogen for heating the home, because in a automobile it would be harder to do.

Electrolysis is another way to produce hydrogen electronically. It is a way that I am more familiar with because I do it quite a...
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