WASHINGTON: Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed an aluminium nano-powder that turns urine into hydrogen instantly, which can power fuel cells and provide clean energy. Scientists from the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) had earlier announced that their nano-galvanic aluminium-based powder produced pure hydrogen when coming into contact with water. The researchers observed a similar reaction when adding their powder to any liquid containing water, , researchers said.
"What we do as Army scientists is develop materials and technology that will directly benefit the soldier and enhance their capabilities," said Kristopher Darling, an ARL researcher. "We developed a new processing technique to synthesise a material, which spontaneously splits water into hydrogen," he said. Hydrogen, the most plentiful element in the universe, has the potential to power fuel cells and provide energy to future soldiers.