Hydrogen the fuel of the future
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Hydrogen the fuel of the future
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 bit in my room and have done several
experiments with it. Electrolysis will produce a 2:1 ratio of hydrogen to oxygen out of
water. higher voltages will give you faster collection. With a 12-volt battery it took
around a half an hour to get a quarter of a mountain dew bottle filled with a catalyst of a
small amount of Baking Soda. I used it because it was cheap and I knew it worked.
Another time I used a 75 volt / 2 amp power supply with a catalyst of 2 drops of sulfuric
acid to a pint of water and the result was very differing from the last time. I filled the
whole mountain dew bottle in less than 6 minutes. All of that gas came from a little less
than a drop of water(when I light it off there was only a little spec of water on the inside
of the bottle)I can only gasp thinking that that was only 75 volts and voltage can get into
the billions of volts. Although electrolysis is not the most efficient way to produce
hydrogen it certainly deserves recognition for working and I am sure sometime soon
someone will discover a way to produce the same amount of H2 and O2 with less power
and time either with a new catalyst or a more efficient power supply.
One reason that hydrogen power has not taken off is that there are thousands of jobs in
the petroleum and coal fields. Really who would want to own a car that requires about
20-30 cents per mile in gas expenses when you could basically pull up to the water hose
every month and fill your tank with something about 20 cents every 2000 or so miles?? So
demand for petroleum products would sky dive and thousands of jobs would be lost and
no one except the water company, car alternator/generator company and the battery
company would profit from it. People would also so angry about losing their jobs over
such a change and boycott the automotive companies making hydro-cars and cause havoc
for the people trying to "upgrade" us to a better system of working. I mean everything in a
car has changed but the engine stays essentially the same. It's commonly known that large
oil companies have been paying off the auto makers to keep all cars under the 40 mile per
gallon range. There are a
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Industrial gases, Hydrogen technologies, Hydrogen economy, Hydrogen production, Emerging technologies, Hydrogen vehicle, Hydrogen, Fuel efficiency, Electrolysis
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