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Old 02-28-2008, 12:32 PM
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Lightbulb Say goodbye to gas and hello to hydrogen!

How would you like to simply fill up your car with plain old distilled water at home instead of gas or diesel at the filling station?

One word - nanoparticles

A company called QuantumSphere says it has perfected the manufacture of highly catalytic nanoparticle coatings that drastically increase the efficiency of electrolysis. This is the process of turning water into hydrogen and oxygen. They claim they can increase efficiency of existing electrolysers to 85% with potential for 96%.

Think of the implications of this if it is really true!

Read this article in EETimes

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QuantumSphere website

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Old 02-28-2008, 12:37 PM
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:46 PM
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Who needs electrolysis when you can have plasma

I want to run my car on electricity made from pure plasma...

http://www.blacklightpower.com/index.shtml

Look at this website for the future...
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Most of the automobile manufacturers are investing heavily in fuel cell research and many already have running models. These run on hydrogen.
For example, check out the Cadillac Provoq.

There are 2 big problems.

1) How to produce hydrogen efficiently and without causing environmental issues.

2) How to create the needed infrastructure to distribute the hydrogen.
Catch22 - It's hard to create hydrogen filling stations with no cars that need hydrogen. It's hard to sell hydrogen cars with no way to fuel them.

Fuel cell technology and nanotechnology are two areas that appear to hold a lot of promise for the not so distant future.
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:39 AM
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Thats the problem, distilled water. Distillation is expensive, inefficient and produces lots of hazardous waste. Australia is currently debating that very problem with the distillation/desalination plants they want to build. It will consume huge amounts of energy and release lots of salt and mineral laden water into the ocean.

It will never take off until they figure out a way to reliably use tap water. Even then, what do you do during a drought with water rations? Take a bath or fill up your car?
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Our government should be funding stuff like this with the intensity with which we've been funding th war in Iraq. If we could power things this way, the Middle East could go to hell.
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:30 AM
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FYI: GM's original Hydrogen fuel cell powered van, built in the mid 1960's is still operable today.

The trouble is that creating Hydrogen costs more in energy than you get back in a fuel cell or by burning it in a internal combustion engine...

It the guys at Blacklight Power are not full of *****, their plasma reactor is the way to go... It takes a small amount of electricity plus their magic catalyst to get the reaction started then it become self sustaining until you run out of H2. One sellin point is that it makes the electricty to make more H2 from water plus a large surplus that can be used for powering motors, etc plus the heat can be used to run a turbine...
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I'm still day dreaming about how great it would be to suddenly be a ble to thumb our noses at all the smug OPEC nations. Then, we could start producing and exporting fresh drinking water to the rest of the world, particularly those Arab oil producers that seem to currently have US over an (oil) barrel!
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Either that or one with a nuclear reactor in it. Massive amounts of horse power and you only have to fill up every milion miles or so . . .
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