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sed fuel cell technology. In addition, there is also increased risk when transporting hydrogen.

The solution, Wood believes, is converting hydrogen on site.

The main thing we think is you can transport things like sugar, and if you spill the sugar there is not a huge catastrophe, Wood said. The idea is to make the hydrogen where you need it.

Of course, all of this is down the road. Right now, Wood remains busy in the lab, working on refining a process thats already hinted at its incredible potential. The goal, he said, is to continue to get more out of less.

Take your house, for example, Wood said. The size of the reactor that wed need today if we implemented this technology would be less than the size of a 250-gallon fuel tank found in the typical east-coast home. Im not finished with this yet, but at this point if we implemented the technology right now, you or a machine would have to shovel in about the weight of a man every day so that the reactor could provide enough hydrogen to take care of the average American home for a 24-hour period.

Were trying to make bacteria so its doesnt require 80 kilograms; it will be closer to 8 kilograms.


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Contact: Thomas Wood
thomas.wood@che.tamu.edu
979-862-1588
Texas A&M University
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