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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:49 am

Now that I have your undivided attention, sort of anyway!

US researchers have developed an efficient way of producing hydrogen from urine - a feat that could not only fuel the cars of the future, but could also help clean up municipal wastewater.

Using hydrogen to power cars has become an increasingly attractive transportation fuel, as the only emission produced is water - but a major stumbling block is the lack of a cheap, renewable source of the fuel. Gerardine Botte of Ohio University may now have found the answer, using an electrolytic approach to produce hydrogen from urine - the most abundant waste on Earth - at a fraction of the cost of producing hydrogen from water.

Botte says the idea came to her several years ago at a conference on fuel cells, where they were discussing how to turn clean water into clean power. 'I wondered how we could do this better,' she adds - so started looking at waste streams as a better source of molecules from which to produce hydrogen.

Urine's major constituent is urea, which incorporates four hydrogen atoms per molecule - importantly, less tightly bonded than the hydrogen atoms in water molecules. Botte used electrolysis to break the molecule apart, developing an inexpensive new nickel-based electrode to selectively and efficiently oxidise the urea. To break the molecule down, a voltage of 0.37V needs to be applied across the cell - much less than the 1.23V needed to split water.

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Post by Rogue on Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:05 am


Pee and Botte in one article.. lol good work Laughing
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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:16 am

@Rogue wrote:
Pee and Botte in one article.. lol good work Laughing

I'm not just a pretty face Roggie! Twisted Evil

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Post by Rockhopper on Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:37 pm

Yep Ka. It is similar.

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