Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New technique creates cheap, abundant hydrogen

If this pans out it'll be fantastic. Hydrogen is the dream alternative fuel. It has about the same amount of energy per gallon as ethanol and when burned it's exhaust is ordinary water. It's also something that we can never run out of (it's the single most common element in the universe). The problem has always been "how do we get it". After all, you don't see a lot hydrogen just lying around. It normally locked up in a molecule like water (two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen) and the energy needed to separate the atoms has always been greater than the yield once they're split. This might change that equation.

This has the promise of shutting up Al Gore and sending the Saudis to the poorhouse. I think all men of good faith can agree that both are commendable goals.

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