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This could potentially be used to mass produce hydrogen fuel cells for cars in the future.
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post #12 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fear of Oneself View Post
does it get spent or is it a catalyst?
It gets spent, almost certainly, it actually disasociates, like all of the classic Alkali-metal reactions with water...
Redacted; actually it is just the formation of Aluminum Oxide--
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Aluminium is reactive enough to reduce water to hydrogen, being oxidized to aluminium oxide. However, the aluminium oxide forms a protective coat which prevents further reaction. Galinstan has been applied to activate aluminium (removing the oxide coat), so that aluminium can react with water, generating hydrogen and steam in a reaction being considered as a helpful step in a hydrogen economy.[27][dubious – discuss] A number of other gallium-aluminium alloys are also usable for the purpose of essentially acting as chemical energy store to generate hydrogen from water, on-site.
After reaction with water the resultant aluminium oxide and gallium mixture must be reformed back into electrodes with energy input.[27][28] The thermodynamic efficiency of the aluminium smelting process is estimated as 50%.[29] Therefore, at most only half the energy that goes into smelting the aluminium could be recovered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
RT @wikipedia
Edited by wcdolphin - 5/5/11 at 7:17pm
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post #13 of 43
drop the gas prices already than !!
post #14 of 43
its news like this that brings my faith back to humanity. keep it up mr. scientists!!!
post #15 of 43
I wonder how much aluminum is used
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post #16 of 43
this was reported a few years back, same idea...we had a huge discussion about it. Either this is someone with a new adaptation of the same idea, or it's an update?
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Originally Posted by damninhell View Post
just what we need for 2012
I am prepared, are you?

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and we will never be able to use it
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post #19 of 43
Boiler up.


Edit: Yessss, according to the picture in the article the pirate prof was involved
Edited by dustandechoes91 - 5/5/11 at 8:11pm
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oh cool another scientific "breakthrough" that won't affect our daily lives.
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