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Friday, June 13, 2008

Paging Mr. Indiana Jones, paging Mr. Jones...

Everybody can stop looking, the Holy Grail (link goes to Making Light which has links to various news sources) has been found. The Holy Grail of fuel cell tech. Of course, the catalyst that does the water sep is probably made of something like hens teeth, or costs millions of dollars to produce an ounce, and you need a pound of it, and that only lasts a few months.

If this tech proves out, this is very much the next thing. No pressurized hydrogen tanks, we already have a water delivery system, and how just friggin' cool is that.

But just like they say in the comments, probably not true.


ThatGreenyFlower said...

So...where do we invest?!?

Steve Buchheit said...

Greeny, well, first, I'd want to see a live demonstration and the white paper.

It could be this is legit, or it could be an old scam. One thing is on the face of it there is a violation of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. However, let's say the catalyst used to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen requires lots of energy (it would need to), and needed to be replaced regulary. If it would cost $1000 and need to be replaced every 100 miles, then no deal. If it costs $100 and needs to be replaced every 1000 miles (and is a user servicable item), then I'm in.