Friday, March 27, 2009

This will work...I'm sure of it...

The influx of toxic waste from 17 European countries has contributed to a decline in oxygen in the water. This in turn has created high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide gas in the sea.

But if hydrogen could be harvested from this poisonous gas, it could mean a new form of clean energy for Europe, researchers say.

"We need clean energy, and we have a pollution problem," said study co-author Mehmet Haklidir of the Tübitak Marmara Research Center in Gebze-Kocaeli, Turkey.

Taking hydrogen from the contaminated sea can both be a renewable source of energy and combat pollution, Haklidir said.
Ummm...I'm no genius, but I have watched in wonder as my cat chases her tail with glee.

I suppose you could consider this a renewable energy source as long as you encourage those 17 European countries to step up their production of toxic waste. Let's hope that the removal of hydrogen from the hydrogen sulfide is a simple and non-energy consuming process.

In thermal decomposition—the most direct process—scientists could use temperatures of about 1,472 to 2,732 degrees Fahrenheit (800 to 1500 degrees Celsius) to remove the hydrogen.

As for storage, the gas could be kept naturally in underground caves, which are plentiful in Turkey's Black Sea region.
I'm sorry...but I find this funny. You use signficant energy to heat the hydrogen sulfide in order to create new energy. Again, the image of my cat chasing her tail emerges.


But, they aren't finished yet. No, sir. Then, the hydrogen is going to be stored in the natural caves of Turkey's Black Sea region. I think I saw this one already, and I don't think the Coyote will come out on top this time either.