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ARL utilises bodily fluids for power generation

26 November 2017

Months after discovering a method for the rapid and spontaneous hydrolysis of water using a nano-galvanic aluminium-based powder, scientists at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have found that bodily fluids offer a faster reaction rate.

The discovery means that a human, who can produce about 1–2 litres of urine a day, could combine the fluid with the aluminium powder to produce enough hydrogen to run seventy 60 W light bulbs for an hour, Dr Kris Darling, technical team leader and co-inventor of the original procedure, told Jane’s .

The finding could help not only forward-deployed troops, but also military bases, to generate power from waste water.

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