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Just Add Water: How Scientists Are Using Silicon to Produce Hydrogen On Demand

Science Daily -- Jan. 22, 2013 — Super-small particles of silicon react with water to produce hydrogen almost instantaneously, according to University at Buffalo researchers.

In a series of experiments, the scientists created spherical silicon particles about 10 nanometers in diameter. When combined with water, these particles reacted to form silicic acid (a nontoxic byproduct) and hydrogen -- a potential source of energy for fuel cells.

The reaction didn't require any light, heat or electricity, and also created hydrogen about 150 times faster than similar reactions using silicon particles 100 nanometers wide, and 1,000 times faster than bulk silicon, according to the study.


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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 10:07:49 AM

check
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Keep on pursuing ALL forms of alternative energy!
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2013 7:21:06 AM

Alrighty then lets put it to use.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:44:37 PM

Sounds logical, smaller particles have much more surface area than larger sized ones, when comparing materials/elements of equal weight, thus there is more surface area to react with the water.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:26:04 PM

Cheap energy. just add water
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:03:20 PM

Really. Wait till big oil execs send in their killer teams.They will sabotage this as they have in other new powerplants over the decades. GREED trumps benefits to MAN! Hopefully ALL their built up BADDDD kARMA will get them ALL (INCLUDING Speculators) back to their early graves as their all Nocturnal bloodsuckers.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:28:09 PM

Even with the small particles they have to add some energy some where . First law of thermodynamics is "you can't get something for nothing". Second law is "You can't even break even". Story is missing something key somewhere.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 11:45:30 AM

"Though it takes significant energy and resources to produce the super-small silicon balls, the particles could help power portable devices in situations where water is available and portability is more important than low cost."
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 11:00:29 AM

Doesn't look like it's a very efficient to power an EV.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:40:53 AM

anyone remember the hindenburg ?
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:45:40 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:18:29 AM

They will definitely find a way to tax it
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:18:22 AM

So how many gallons of water / waste silicic acid does it take to make a car go a mile? How much energy does it take to make the silicon spheres you will need?
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:16:46 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:12:56 AM

Once they can figure how to charge for it and tax it, we may see it available for use...
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:09:15 AM

This will be the fuel of the future as soon as they figure a way they can charge for it.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:08:51 AM

Maybe??? Someday?????
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Bad science I think
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more dreams...
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Once the door to innovation is open, you never know what will come through.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:02:10 AM

I've seen a gas/hydrogen car conversion. Great stuff
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:00:25 AM

Cool
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:56:46 AM

My Grandchildren might live to see that one!
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:56:31 AM

good idea but I see explosions in our future
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:55:01 AM

ya right
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:52:20 AM

Brilliant idea
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:47:15 AM

Progress in the hydrogen area for fuel.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:43:21 AM

Sand and water for fuel, Wow, and I thought adding sand and water to the gas tank gummed up the works (just kidding, I know its a hydrogen engine). How hard is it to come up with a 10 nanometer diameter silicon particle and what happens to the 'spent particle?
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:43:09 AM

Their getting closer
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:42:50 AM

Sounds interesting.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:38:28 AM

Looks like some progress.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:34:36 AM

Interesting but I suspect it is a long way from a practical fuel for autos.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:31:40 AM

Just Add Water: How Scientists Are Using Silicon to Produce Hydrogen On Demand? The reactive material has to be created at 10 nanometers in diameter for the best reactive efficiency, water has to be carried on the vehicle to initiate the reaction for hydrogen to be produced (like those carbide helmet lanters that drip water to produce acetylene and burn it for light) and will have to dump the used material and get a refill somewhere. Another pipe dream that will NEVER happen and will fade off into nothingness.
A liquid fuel, high mpg vehicle will out perform any other method of propulsion for a vehicle.
Vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good
‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:31:14 AM

keep working on it
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:29:53 AM

And how are they going to keep the reaction going and keep it under control.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:29:38 AM

cool
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:28:35 AM

Interesting... Now lets see what they can do with it in the real world.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:25:22 AM

The lab is one thing but commercial viability is another.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:24:27 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:21:56 AM

Now if it just worked in real world situations
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:19:02 AM

What will this cost?
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:16:33 AM

have to wait and see where this one goes and what it costs
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:14:21 AM

Hope that they can make it commercially viable.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:08:40 AM

How much energy, money, machinery, etc. does it take to make silicon into 10 nanometer spherical silicon particles?
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Better Than EVs
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:02:57 AM

This should prove quite interesting. I've conducted a few experiments of my own using water to make hydrogen, so, I know that various possibilities exist.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 5:02:12 AM

Nice to see progress in this area of study...
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 4:56:26 AM

...does this mean vehicles running on sand ?...
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 4:54:18 AM

Interesting
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Ok
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