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Hydrogen can be "packaged" in several ways, as a fuel gas in a H2/02 powered

engine or the newly devised solid state pellet of hydrogen isotopes that

contains about the equivalent of 5000 cubic feet of hydrogen and is broken down

and releases gas into the second chamber where it goes to the engine for use.

There are many ways to get pure hydrogen out of many compounds using methods

such as electrolysis and chemical reactions. One of the easiest ways is using a

chemical reaction. Simple chemicals (aluminum,sodium hydroxide, and water) can

be reacted in the home to produce heavy hydrogen to power your furnace or your

hot water heater . No electrical power at all is required. The reaction also

gives off a tremendous amount of heat. Even the waste heat could be captured for

heating the house. The resulting sodium aluminate is harmless and could be

collected at recoiling centers for complete acid/base neutralization. This way

is a simpler way than electrolysis produce hydrogen for heating the home,

because in a automobile it would be harder to do.

Electrolysis is another way to produce hydrogen electronically. It is a way that

I am more familiar with because I do it quite a bit in my room and have done

several experiments with it. Electrolysis will produce a 2:1 ratio of hydrogen

to oxygen out of water. higher voltages will give you faster collection. With a

12-volt battery it took around



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