Nano-reactor for the production of hydrogen biofuel created

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  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen, which is one half of the "holy grail" of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water.
    "Essentially, we've taken a virus's ability to self-assemble myriad genetic building blocks and incorporated a very fragile and sensitive enzyme with the remarkable property of taking in protons and spitting out hydrogen gas," said Trevor Douglas, the Earl Blough Professor of Chemistry in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry, who led the study. "The end result is a virus-like particle that behaves the same as a highly sophisticated material that catalyzes the production of hydrogen."

    http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2016/01/hydrogen-nano-reactor.shtml
     
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  3. Billy T Use Sugar Cane Alcohol car Fuel Valued Senior Member

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    Not very impressive as you still must supply the energy. Again, hydrogen is NOT an energy source, but an inconvenient energy carrier (highly compressed gas or a very very cold liquid).

    Further more ammonia has more hydrogen in each gallon than a gallon of pure liquid hydrogen does, and is a much more practical energy carrier. *I made a thread about this a year or so ago. NH4 can be used directly as car fuel, as has been demonstrated, but the carboration it tricky. Nothing modern fuel injectors and computers would have problems doing.
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    * Hundreds of tons shipped in the US each summer for farm use.
     
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