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A new method quickly extracts 90% of hydrogen from aluminum

Chris Young of Interesting Engineering reports on a new method of hydrogen extraction.

The C3 Take
  • Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a cost-effective way to extract 90% of hydrogen that is in aluminum.
  • Hydrogen is extracted by combining gallium and aluminum to create a composite that allows aluminum nanoparticles to react rapidly with water, producing hydrogen
  • Green hydrogen, which is hydrogen that is produced with zero emissions energy, is one fuel carrier that will be needed in order to decarbonize multiple sectors of the economy.
  • This discovery could pave the way to the mass production of affordable hydrogen.

“The researchers say the composite for their method can be easily made using readily available sources of aluminum, including used foil and cans. While gallium is less abundant and is expensive, the scientists say it is easy to recover and reuse, which should help to make their method scalable for mass use as the world increasingly experiments with new modes of hydrogen transportation.”

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