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[BBC] Hydrogen made by enzyme is faster and cheaper

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Scientists have shown how an enzyme from a microbe can produce hydrogen from water more quickly and cheaply.
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But their new synthetic enzyme is performing surprisingly well; it is 10 times faster than the natural one, making 100,000 molecules of hydrogen gas every second.

"This nickel-based catalyst is really very fast," said co-author Morris Bullock of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state in the US.
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Quite cool stuff.
We need this to create hydrogen from water fast and cheaply to use in hydrogen fuel cells.
This is the future.
    
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Fuel cells were not he first thing i imagined, really.

Seems promising tho. Hydrogen as fuel, and the subproduct is water? now that is clean fuel.
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bumping this because its quite cool.
    
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Humans can create more efficient life enzymes then life itself.

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Sounds promising indeed, although I'm not exactly intellegent enough to know what this will mean xD

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Originally Posted by Starbomba View Post
Fuel cells were not he first thing i imagined, really.

Seems promising tho. Hydrogen as fuel, and the subproduct is water? now that is clean fuel.
If the 'byproduct' is pure water then I wonder if this process could also be used for desalination.
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Somewhat unrelated, but it made me think of this: Make an enzyme that extracts salt from salt-water quickly and efficiently and end water shortages in many places around the world.

EDIT: ^^^ Ninja'd
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Anyone remeber the Hydrogen Car by Honda ... wth did it go ....
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Somewhat unrelated, but it made me think of this: Make an enzyme that extracts salt from salt-water quickly and efficiently and end water shortages in many places around the world.

EDIT: ^^^ Ninja'd
Enzymes catalyze reactions, which hydrogen synthesis from water is.

Separating salt from solution is not a reaction.

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