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Hyrdrocar Brings Hydrogen-Powered Fun to Kids

Most of us adult ecogeeks are vying for electric cars, rooftop wind turbines or any gadget we can call green, but what about the young, budding ecogeeks? What can they wish for?

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has come up with the answer. They've introduced the cialis 50 mg tablets Hydrocar, a mini fuel-cell car for kids that teaches them about alternative energy while they play. To power it, water is poured into the fuel cell that is hooked up to a solar panel. The energy from the solar panel converts the water into oxygen and hydrogen, which powers the fuel cell - no batteries or electric charging necessary.

The Hydrocar is just one of the company's many educational toys and kits based on renewable energy.  We've written before about the importance of alternative energy education for kids and this toy really hits the mark. Let's hope we see more companies focusing on these types of best buy tramadol toys in the near future.

via Inhabitots


Blacklight Power's Cheap, Clean Energy Source Validated

Journalists have to be very careful when talking about physics. Especially when physics promises the possibility of abundant, cheap, clean energy...but doesn't offer any explanation to those of us without PhDs. These things are holy grails...and extremely exciting, but they generally turn out to be hooey.

That's the whole point of the Holy Grail right? No one ever found it.

So I don't write about these energy Grails, or at least I didn't, until now. I guess there comes a point when we've got to break down and start talking about these things, even if we still aren't really sure whether or not their going to pan out. In terms of physics-defying energy generation, Blacklight power is the first company I've ever written about, and I do it very carefully.

Blacklight Power says that they can knock the electron of a hydrogen atom into a lower energy state than the 1s orbital. Coming from a chemistry background this sounds to me like saying you can throw a noodle at the sky and have it bore through a concrete wall on the surface of Mars. It's not just that it's impossible, it simply doesn't fit into my view of the world. The resulting atom would be a smaller particle which Blacklight calls a hydrino. They claim that the resulting release in energy creates more than enough energy to create more hydrogen, which can then be forced into lower energy states to release more energy.

If true, it would be a cheap, clean way to create electricity from water. The problem is, the entire scientific establishment has rebelled against the idea and believes that Blacklight is levitra pfizer 50 mg run by con men.

But the story is a heck of a lot more interesting than that. Though scientists have almost universally denied Blacklight's claims, veteran investors have taken the bait. Michael Jordan, the former CEO of Westinghouse sits on the board as does the CFO of Credit Suisse and Blacklight has taken over $60 M in investment from mutual funds, utility companies and only best offers original cialis private investors.

While Blacklight has claimed for over a year to 5 mg levitra have a working prototype of it's 50 kW reactor operational, they've just cleared another hurdle. Scientists at Rowan University just recreated the 50 kW reactor in their laboratories, and found that it indeed produces more energy than could be explained by any currently understood or studied physical process. Enough energy, in fact, to provide clean power for several dozen homes without putting anything except water in.

So if this is for real...what does this mean? Well, for physicists, I'm not sure. It's possible that the "hydrino" idea is bunk...but if that's true, it looks as if everyone might have some serious explaining to do. As for what it means for the rest of us, it could very well mean cheap, clean, abundant energy for less than half of what we're paying today.

Of course, I'm not willing to make any judgments today. I am obviously neither a theoretical physicist or a CEO of a major energy company. All I can tell you is that I've decided to write about it because it's the first time one of these holy grail ideas has ever seemed to have the possibility of truth in it. Which is pretty exciting, even with a grain of salt.

For more information check out this article at CNN Small Business, this exceptionally good one at Venture Beat and, of course, the Wikipedia page for the hydrino.


Ammonia Borane Could Store Hydrogen for Fuel Cell Vehicles

While electric vehicles have enjoyed a lot of recent attention, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have somewhat fallen to the wayside. Sure, we can build FCVs. Honda has begun commercial production of its FCX Clarity, fuel cell busses are on viagra india pharmacy the road, and there are even hydrogen filling stations being opened in California. But the general sense out there is that hydrogen will “always be ten years away”, as I once heard it put (by an EV advocate, it should be noted).

One reason some people feel this way has to do with the problem of hydrogen storage. Because hydrogen’s energy density is so low compared to generic cialis overnight gasoline, the equivalent of a tank of gas amounts to an enormous volume of hydrogen. Fuel cell vehicles today solve that problem by compressing the hydrogen gas into heavy metal tanks. These tanks, however, could use improvement. Much energy is lost simply compressing the gas, and some are concerned about the safety of a tank of highly pressurized, explosive gas .

For this reason, scientists are investigating alternative means of hydrogen storage. One chemist, Tom Autrey from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been experimenting with a compound called ammonia borane (AB), which consists of generic viagra canadian hydrogen, nitrogen and boron – all relatively light elements. When AB is heated, it releases hydrogen gas for use in the fuel cell. When all the AB is “spent”, hydrogen gas can be pumped in to regenerate more.

The breakthrough for Autrey came when he discovered a more efficient way to synthesize AB – something that could make or break a technology’s ability to go to scale. He is also looking into ways to recycle solvents in order to make the entire production process economical (and clean).

Other researchers are trying to do similar things with ammonia and metal hydrides. This guy uses tiny spheres of titanium, which hydrogen adheres to. As long as the material is light, hydrogen dense and feasible to produce, it is a good candidate. And if we manage to come up with some decent hydrogen storage devices, hydrogen cars may eventually NOT be ten years away.

Via H2Daily


Fuel Cells Without Platinum. Is it Possible?

A major (and somewhat unexpected) obstacle to the hydrogen revolution is the lack of platinum in our world. Prices once peaked at over $2,000 an ounce for the stuff, and they're still up over $1,400.

A true hydrogen economy would certainly see prices spiking much higher than that, triggering invasive mining and exploration.

But the platinum is necessary as a catalyst both at the anode (splitting O2) and the cathode (splitting H2.) At is for now.

Recognizing that this is a significant obstacle to the development of fuel cells, several organizations are working on replacing platinum. A team of Australian researchers has actually succeeded in replacing the levitra online canada cathode with a conductive polymer similar to Gore-Tex and they said they thought it might be possible to replace the anode as well

The result would be a fuel cell that is considerably cheaper, lighter and easier to manufacture than fuel cells today. While engineers at auto companies have done a good job of reducing the amount of platinum in fuel cells, completely eliminating it would be a huge boon for hydrogen vehicles and power generation.

Via ABC and Earth2Tech


Jack Nicholson Hocks Hydrogen Cars in the '70s

For those of you who think that the BMW Hydrogen 7 is a new idea, someone has dredged up a video of a similar car from 1978 being showed off by Jack Nicholson.

The "news" report seems laughable now, but it's a good lesson for a world that see,s to think "breakthroughs" happen every day. Feeding hydrogen into an internal combustion engine is and old idea and, it turned out, a bad idea. And while almost all car companies (aside from BMW) are focusing on much more efficient hydrogen fuel cell cars, decades of development still haven't brought us a mass-market car.

We're closer than ever, of course, with the Honda FXC Clarity and the Hydrogen Chevy Equinox both on the road in California. But Hydrogen cars might need decades of development before they can operate coast to coast. And, by that time, I hope we've come up with another, better solution.

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