Author Topic: Very exciting News About Hydrogen Production  (Read 922 times)

Offline Solitary

Very exciting News About Hydrogen Production
« on: August 22, 2013, 01:12:39 PM »
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Offline stromboli

Re: Very exciting News About Hydrogen Production
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2013, 01:41:56 PM »
Spent most of 4 years on a submarine with and O2 generator that split Oxygen off and discarded Hydrogen overboard. Now this does the opposite, more or less. In order to do that, you first must have pure water, or nearly pure H2O. So my first question is whether or not this could be done with, say, sea water or other less pure sources. Submarines have water purifiers to create the necessary pure water. If you have to first purify the water, you have an energy loss in the process, and so-called cheap Hydrogen becomes less so.

The next question is one of volume. I'm guessing that to create Hydrogen at a level that would power just internal combustion engines would require mass amounts of water, on the order of thousands of gallons daily, or more. In order to produce mass amounts of Hydrogen you need a fairly prodigious plant in terms of size, essentially building something like refineries that now produce gasoline. And, of course, there would be attendant problems of moving the water and placing the plants near the source, and so on.

In other words, it might be a "solution", but it ain't happening next week.
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Re: Very exciting News About Hydrogen Production
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2013, 01:44:18 PM »
Now we just need to find a way to add Nitrogen into the mix so we can replace the Haber process.

Offline stromboli

Re: Very exciting News About Hydrogen Production
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2013, 01:52:48 PM »
The main source for Hydrogen for the Haber process is Methane. I assume that the elimination of Methane alone would improve the efficiency, at least hopefully. It would certainly clean it up.
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