Hydrogen could now be a viable fuel source? (in Off-topic)


QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] September 20 2011 8:33 AM EDT

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14976893

TH3 C0113CT0R September 20 2011 10:17 AM EDT

i was pretty sure they've been working on that for years, but its nice to see they have made progress :) haven't bought a new car (mine died) because of the crazy gas prices still

QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] September 20 2011 3:34 PM EDT

This is a new process of producing hydrogen, required very little energy input, uses bacteria and an organic source. A more in-depth article about the new process.

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/09/powering-bacterial-hydrogen-production-with-fresh-water.ars

Gunny Pew Pew [Red Permanent Assurance] September 20 2011 7:38 PM EDT

I'd like to argue that hydrogen powered cars are bogus, inefficient, and retrospectively silly means to power a small transportation vehicle, but sewer power is too awesome to stay annoyed. :)

QBRanger September 20 2011 7:41 PM EDT

I prefer Mr. Fusion myself.

QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] September 20 2011 10:04 PM EDT

Hydrogen actually has a higher mass to energy ratio than gasoline. The problem with hydrogen has always been the production of hydrogen, usually via electrolysis, is inefficient. This new process described is much more efficient making it much more viable as a fuel source than it has been previously. Can't really argue against the specious bogus and retrospectively parts ;).

Zenai September 20 2011 10:16 PM EDT

I have to argue that the biggest problem with hydrogen as a power source for personal/commercial transportation is definitively NOT it's efficiency or any number of other application problems. It's the fact that any of these nifty little vehicles can be turned into a great big nasty bomb with a lot more blast radius for it's size. Just saying.

Aside from this awesome ideas!

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] September 20 2011 10:24 PM EDT

It's the fact that any of these nifty little vehicles can be turned into a great big nasty bomb with a lot more blast radius for it's size. Just saying.

This isn't true, they're actually quite safe. They've done plenty of studies on this.

AdminNemesia [Demonic Serenity] September 20 2011 10:28 PM EDT

Don't go saying things about my hair removal process. ^_~

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] September 20 2011 10:31 PM EDT

Hydrogen actually has a higher mass to energy ratio than gasoline. The problem with hydrogen has always been the production of hydrogen, usually via electrolysis, is inefficient. This new process described is much more efficient making it much more viable as a fuel source than it has been previously.

This however is super true, if we somehow just had an abundance of hydrogen it would be a super amazing fuel.

Zenai September 20 2011 10:34 PM EDT

Titan: Don't underestimate the resourcefulness of the person wanting to turn it into a weapon. Extensive studies or not add in the right things and guess what....boom. Just ask store entrepreneurs when they said we don't sell bomb components they were wrong too. Tell you what go ahead think what you want live in that bubble just don't cry when it gets burst.

QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] September 20 2011 11:04 PM EDT

You do realize you can already buy hydrogen generators and tanks of hydrogen right zenai? Not to mention there are much easier explosive people can make with other household chemical with directions all over the internet.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] September 20 2011 11:10 PM EDT

I could find a million house hold items right now that I could make a bomb with right now, or a hazardous gas, guess those shouldn't be sold either. Guess we shouldn't fly airplanes because someone could land them into a building? There's always going to be crazy people out there.

AdminQBnovice [Cult of the Valaraukar] September 20 2011 11:24 PM EDT

Just watched the Top Gear with the GM hydrogen car... I really want a fuel cell hot rod.

QBPit Spawn [Abyssal Specters] September 20 2011 11:26 PM EDT

http://automobiles.honda.com/fcx-clarity/

Zenai September 20 2011 11:26 PM EDT

It has not passed me by Pit I work in Security for a living. I'm simply pointing out that this would be a viable source and one of a few reasons the government has been hesitant on allowing mass production.

Zenai September 20 2011 11:33 PM EDT

Titan: It's well known hence why I mentioned it, you get 90% of those items from a store so with all due respect cut the bull crap. Now the rest of your comment I will not distinguish an answer to other than to say it was asinine.

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] September 20 2011 11:42 PM EDT

"with all due respect"

You keep using that word.

Zenai September 20 2011 11:48 PM EDT

Titan: If you're trolling stop while you are ahead.
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