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Article Released Sun-2nd-July-2006 21:09 GMT
Contact: Mohamad Abdullah Institution: Universiti Sains Malaysia
 Cheap and safe production of hydrogen fuel

Universiti Sains Malaysia researchers have invented a unique and novel system that can produce hydrogen inside a car using waste aluminium metal and sodium hydroxide.

Title of project: An Economical Route to the Production of Hydrogen Energy from Waste Materials: An Alternative Fuel for Vehicles

Researchers:
Dr Syamsul Rizal Abd Shukor
Assoc. Prof. Abdul Latiff Ahmad
Dr. Lee Keat Teong
Kelly Yong Tau Len
Oh Pei Ching

The soaring prices of crude petroleum in the international market has instigated the need for an alternative fuel to power our vehicles. Hydrogen has long been cited as one of the potential fuel to replace petroleum due to its environmental friendly nature as the combustion of hydrogen produces only water and energy without any pollutants. However, the expensive cost of hydrogen production and the safety of hydrogen storage in vehicle have deterred this route from being conceptualized.

Universiti Sains Malaysia researchers have invented a unique and novel system that can produce hydrogen inside a car using waste aluminium metal and sodium hydroxide. The hydrogen can be directly used as a source of fuel for combustion in the engine to power the vehicle. By controlling the amount of reactant used, they can control the quantity of hydrogen produced and thus eliminating the safety problem associated with hydrogen storage. Thus, in this invention, a novel and economical route for in-situ production and utlization of hydrogen in a car has been invented.

For more information, please contact
Dr Syamsul Rizal Abd Shukor
(Contact details available to registered journalists - click on link below)

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Keywords associated to this article: hydrogen; fuel
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