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03/14/2011

Fuel from urine

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    A new catalyst able to extract hydrogen from urine was discovered. I suppose it could have applications as fuel and as a way to clean municipal waters.
    An inexpensive form of electrolysis is to be used to break down urea, which contains four hydrogen atoms per molecule. A nickel based electrode will oxidize the urea, and then a voltage applied across the cell will break down the molecule.
    Since the hydrogen bonds in urine are weaker than those of water, urine is a less expensive alternative to water, as well as being the most abundant waste on the planet.
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