Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Scientists take the piss (literally) on green fuel!


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OHIO researcher’s inexpensive hydrogen fuel idea becomes reality

Five years ago a scientist wrote a thermodynamic calculation on a piece paper and wondered about the possibilities. On August 2nd, 2007 she watched as officials signed a licensing agreement that will make that idea a reality.

Gerardine Botte is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Her theory about an economical way to create hydrogen power has been successfully tested in the lab, and now American Hydrogen Power Corp. will take her research to the market place.

It uses ammonia (found in human and animal urine and used widely in agriculture as a fertilizer) to create hydrogen fuel. Currently, the cost of producing hydrogen fuel using existing technology is much more than the cost of producing petrol/diesel (between four and eight times depending on the cost of oil).
Gerardine Botte, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, has developed the patent-pending ammonia catalytic electrolyzer technology, which efficiently converts ammonia into hydrogen to produce inexpensive fuel.

The first application for Botte's research will be in fuel for a hydrogen generator that produces electricity for homes and offices. Another ARSC subsidiary, HydraFuel Cell Corp., produces the generators and was looking for ways to make them affordable for consumers when it ran across Botte's research.

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