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Is there any research or studies into how to mass produce water to

  1. Dec 28, 2011 #1
    Is there any research or studies into how to mass produce water to meet our growing needs and to mitigate draughts? I am not asking about conservation or recycling water. Also, do not want to hear about it costs to much, it takes to much energy, etc.
     
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    Yes, just combine 2 hydrogens with an oxygen, in mass quantities, and make all the water you need.

    This process has been studied extensively, and proven to work reliably.

    As you don't want to hear about required energy or costs, and no water recycling or conservation issues are involved, this is therefore the answer that makes the most sense.
     
  4. Dec 28, 2011 #3

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    From what?
     
  5. Dec 28, 2011 #4
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    from what ever is out there.
     
  6. Dec 28, 2011 #5

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    Short answer: there is nothing that can be used to produce water by other means.
     
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  8. Dec 28, 2011 #7
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    now, that is what I am talking about. now we just have to ramp it up and we have drinking water and electricity
     
  9. Dec 28, 2011 #8
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    Good luck mass producing Iridium.
     
  10. Dec 28, 2011 #9

    Evo

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    The article is explaining the process for use in making fuel cells.

    You cannot just make water in large amounts.
     
  11. Dec 28, 2011 #10

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    Oy, no. Such processes are not generators of either water or energy, as water is typically both the raw material and waste product and an energy INPUT is required to split it.

    What no one mentioned is the most obvious: manufacturing drinking water from seawater. See, lack of water isn't the problem, it is lack of DRINKABLE water.
     
  12. Dec 28, 2011 #11
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    desalinization and reverse osmosis does work for ships at sea and other places, but you are using water that is already there, i am looking at making water. the Fuel cells are what provide electricity and water for the ISS and Apollo Programs.
     
  13. Dec 28, 2011 #12
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    The water on the ISS and Apollo programs was a byproduct of the fuel cells (the primary output of the cells being electricity),To obtain the oxygen and hydrogen that the cells run on you split water into its constituent parts, so using fuel cells to make water is not really a viable option.
     
  14. Dec 28, 2011 #13
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    so, we develop the means to obtain the hydrogen and oxygen from independent sources.
     
  15. Dec 28, 2011 #14

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    There is no independent source of hydrogen: it is too light to stay in the atmosphere. The only place to get it besides from water is by burning fossil fuels....which already creates water.
     
  16. Dec 28, 2011 #15
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    I think that you are addressing the wrong problem, there is plenty of water out there but, most of it can't be used for irrigation or human consumption because it's salt water or contaminated by other undesirable elements. Address that problem instead of looking for hydrogen mines or whatever.
     
  17. Dec 28, 2011 #16
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    those problems have already been solved.
     
  18. Dec 28, 2011 #17
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    Try telling a child in a third world country, who is dying from a waterbourne disease that the problems have been solved.
     
  19. Dec 28, 2011 #18

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    I don't see why there is a fixation on making water from raw hydrogen and oxygen. Developing desalination technology to the point where purifying sea water is cheap and effective is a much more desirable goal.
     
  20. Dec 28, 2011 #19

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    ...as is cleaning dirty fresh water. From a scientific/engineering point of view, these problems have been solved. That water problems still exist in the world is a political/economic issue.
     
  21. Dec 28, 2011 #20

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    The problem isn't a technical or engineering one, it is an economical one. Simply put, these things cost money.
    The means to do mass desalination from seawater already exists. It simply takes a LOT of energy, meaning you have to burn alot of fuel or have some other means of providing power.
     
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