Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Urine- The Future of Alternative Energy

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe; making it the logical candidate for renewable energy. The main problem is manageability. Storing hydrogen in its pure form is a hassle that requires high pressure and low temperature, and unbinding it from paired elements used to stabilize it comes with significant secondary energy costs. The Solution? Pee.

Gerardine Botte, an Ohio University professor, believes the solution lies in the composition of urine's major component, urea. Urea has a 2:1 ratio of hydrogen to oxygen, which is convenient because hydrogen can be extracted from nitrogen using much less electricity than that needed to separate, say, hydrogen and oxygen.

Botte has recently come up with a nickel-based electrode that can do just that: dip the electrode into urine, apply electrical current, and like magic, hydrogen is released. While the research is still in an initial phase, it’s possible that urine could power cars, homes, and various devices in as near of a future as six months from now.

However, if any of you remember the Hindenburg, there must also be some way to prevent this form happening:

Reaad more about it HERE

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