New process generates hydrogen from aluminum alloy to run engines, fuel cells

Physorg.com reports that researchers at Purdue University have developed a method that uses an alumininum alloy to extract hydrogen from water.  The hydrogen can be used to run fuel cells or internal combustion engines.  With this method to obtain hydrogen, it makes it unnecessary to store or transport hydrogen.

“Hydrogen is generated spontaneously when water is added to pellets of the alloy, which is made of aluminum and a metal called gallium.  The researchers have shown how hydrogen is produced when water is added to a small tank containing the pellets.  Hydrogen produced in such a system could be fed directly to an engine, such as those on lawn mowers.”

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