Water into Hydrogen?

CNET reports Purdue scientists have sorted a way to convert water into hydrogen.

Yes: we did this in grade school with a battery, two test tubes and a fish tank.  Remember?  The hydrogen tube would ‘pop’ turned it right-side up toward a lit match.

As if anyone in grade school could avoid getting suspended for lighting a match these days.  I digress.

The grade school conversion method consumed more energy than the resulting hydrogen produces, hence is not a economically-feasible project in itself.

But what if we complete the deforestation of the planet and need the oxygen?  I digress again.

These sharp cookies are doing this conversion by adding gallium and aluminum (as opposed solely by applying an expensive electrical current) to the water; converting into hydrogen in real time.  This might just be precursor to a commercial implementation.  From the article:

The process relies on the use of aluminum pellets, which are mixed into liquid gallium (a metal that liquefies at just over room temperature) to produce a liquid aluminum-gallium. When water is added to the compound, the aluminum reacts with the oxygen to form a gel along with free-standing hydrogen, which can be collected and used to power a fuel cell. According to EDN, an Indiana-based start-up already has a license to commercialize the technology.

Read the entire article: "Eureka! Purdue scientists turn water into hydrogen".

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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