A new breakthrough on hydrogen production

 

While many are hoping that hydrogen will one day replace fossil fuels as a primary source of energy, producing it cheaply remains a major obstacle.  But according to a recent article in the New York Times, researchers at a national laboratory in Idaho and a ceramics company in Utah have found a way to produce hydrogen using far less energy than other methods.  The process involves a new kind of nuclear reactor that can run electricity through water at a very high temperature, and use a ceramic sieve to separate the oxygen from the hydrogen.  Such a reactor could not only produce electricity for the grid, but also enough hydrogen to equal two and a half gallons of gasoline per second.

 

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