Friday, April 22, 2011

Vehicles Mover Fueled by Aluminum Waste

For who have ever watched Steven Spielberg's film, entitled 'Back to the Future', they must still remember the scene where Doc Brown Professor refuel cars DeLorean time traveler with garbage.

The waste is then inserted into a power reactor, named by Mr. Fusion is the latest creation of the cary professor. This is indeed a science fiction movie, but it is done by students and professors from the School of Industrial and Aeronautic Engineering at Universität Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona Spain to be really a real study.

They are managed to make a toy car controlled by radio waves (radio-controlled waves) can be run using hydrogen fuel produced from waste aluminum and water. They also call car with a name that meant a play of dAlh2orean is d-aluminum-water-Rean (d-AL-Rean-H2O).

The car was created as a final project, students of Llovert Aleix's technique that the process under the supervision of Professor Xavier Saluena. This research was also used as part of a project that UPC aluminum project is to develop a small car carrying real passengers to implement recycled aluminum as a fuel.

The first step in creating fuel for waste dAlh2Orean is using a combination of aluminum with sodium hydroxide as catalyst. Both will react to produce hydrogen which flowed through the filter of vinegar and water to remove the element of hidroxides.

After that, hydrogen gas is flowed back through the filter of silica gel to remove moisture and improve performance. Hydrogen gas is then supplied to a fuel cell to generate enough electricity to run a radio-controlled car is about 40 minutes with a speed of 30 km / hr.

Llovet and Saluena revealed that their discovery has been patented by system that does not produce carbon dioxide. While the by-products can be reused as aluminum hydroxide on the reaction of aluminum-sodium hydroxide can be converted to alumina as a material for aluminum. While the vinegar-water filter media to produce salt.

Both researchers are now examining how the system they created can be used as an actual vehicle propulsion.

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