Monday, May 3, 2010

Major Breakthrough Clean Energy


Great News for consumers, environmentalists and beer drinkers alike, a team at the University of Ohio has found a way of using a waste resource our country produces in abundance, to generate electricity.

Urea, one of the chief components of urine, contains four hydrogen molecules bonded to two nitrogen molecules. It is reported that they have found an efficient method of separating the hydrogen using an electrode made of nickel.

Hydrogen can then be used to generate exceedingly clean electrical power; its only combustion product is water, and its byproduct nitrogen, also has its uses.

The effect that this will possibly have on sustainable building design is that instead of disposable systems, it could encourage the inclusion of waste collection tanks. Roof gardens could become roof beer gardens (with high railings) and by simply participating in festivities, we will all be doing our bit for the environment. :)

Ernest Roper
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