Gallery: Purdue University Students Turn Ordinary Saltwater into Hydrog...

Purdue researchers demonstrate their method for producing hydrogen by adding water to an alloy of aluminum and gallium. The hydrogen could then be used to run an internal combustion engine. The reaction was discovered by Jerry Woodall, center, a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering. Charles Allen, holding test tube, and Jeffrey Ziebarth, both doctoral students in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are working with Woodall to perfect the process. The technology could, in theory, be used to replace gasoline with non-polluting hydrogen for cars. Initially the method will be used in portable electrical generators. (Purdue News Service photo/David Umberger)

Researchers from Purdue University are on the cusp on creating a new type of mobile technology that not only coverts non-potable water into drinking water, but also extracts hydrogen to generate electricity. The technology revolves around an aluminium alloy that the team believes could bring both water and power to poor villages around the world.

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  1. Smeaton May 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Why would you put the aluminium hydroxide in a landfill, it should be recycled? You have effectively made a battery or even capacitor. The energy is stored from the smelter and released at point of use.

  2. awadheshian May 11, 2011 at 5:37 am

    great yaar

  3. Carl Reed May 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

    The oil and battery industries spend tens of millions of dollars per year on disinformation campaigns and fake pundits/shills to discredit hydrogen because it beats their products on every metric.

    The waste product from hydrogen is potable water, the waste product from oil is cancer. (Oil is the root cause of cancer. ) It is worth anything to end Cancer so any arguement against hydrogen is offset by this fact alone. The waste product from batteries is Lithium poisoning and EMF caused cancer (The GM- EV1 was destroyed because of the EMF cancer risk).

    Hydrogen can now be efficiently made from water and the competing interests can’t control water so that want H2 stopped.

    The more batteries you add to an electric car, the less far it goes. Hydrogen carries more energy at less weight than any battery.

    Detroit has a deal with the oil companies to make money by using oil. Big oil does not want Detroit using H2. Big Oil controls the U.S. DOE and orders them to delay hydrogen.

    For every negative you could get a shill to make-up about hydrogen, there are thousands of technical papers that disprove it. For every negative that you hear about oil and batteries there are hundreds of thousands of technical papers that prove it.

    The gulf coast will now experience a doubling of cancer rates within 10 years, essentially killing off the deep south because of the BP Oil spill.

    Hydrogen runs the sun and that seems to work pretty well.

    A company called millenium cell did the same thing as perdue and went out of business

  4. PManke May 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    This tech has existed for a long time. It is NOT a net gain because the energy entrenched in the metal far exceeds the net gain in hydrogen or potable water.
    It exists merely as an interesting school chemistry lab experiment.

  5. _david_ml May 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    it is possible to recycle aluminum ?

  6. Wastenot May 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I hope he meant $1 per thousand gallons.

  7. caeman May 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Arr, matey! ‘Tis gold in that thar test tube.

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