Created powder, which can provide the US Army with energy
The modern army in most cases relies on different techniques and devices that run on electricity. But what if all the batteries in the course of multi-day military operation got, and the generator on hand there? The US military has developed a miracle powder, even a small handful of which, in contact with water, is able to work out an impressive amount of energy, which would be enough to recharge the important instruments.
The decision came to the scientists as a result of a fluke. In one experiment, the US Army Research Laboratory scientists nanogalvanichesky mixed powder on the basis of aluminum with water, and witnessed an incredibly violent reaction - water began to boil very much. Upon further study, it was found out that the reaction was hydrolysis of the product, as a result of which the water was split into its component molecules of oxygen and hydrogen. Previously, aluminum has been used for producing hydrogen, but to run such a process was necessary catalyst as temperature, chemical, or electrical components.
The new nanomaterial made it possible to carry out the hydrolysis without all sorts of additives and other outside influences. Just pour the powder into the water and get energy. When this reaction occurs very quickly. Scientists estimate that in this manner from 1 kilogram of the powder can produce 220 kilowatts of power for only 3 minutes. Impressive, is not it? In laboratory tests, scientists gathered a small radio-controlled model tank and equipped with its hydrolytic motor based on the new material. The researchers believe that the current efficiency of the powder in the future can be increased at least twice.
In the future, the researchers say, it will be possible to create mechanisms of this material. For example, drones or robots, which, if necessary, would be able to dissolve own details to recharge the batteries. This, among other things, will be the safest way to self-destruction of strategic weapons. But most likely, the US army first of all figure out how to supply this nanopowder their soldiers, so that they could extract energy from it in the field.