Students of the National Polytechnic Institute became the Midas King of renewable energy. Although they do not convert what they touch into gold, they managed to transform water into fuel. Alejandro Cortez, Gerardo Aarón Cabañas, and Alejandro Cercas developed a prototype that generates hydrogen capable of transforming water into fuel. According to students of the Industrial Maintenance career, this device could power the stoves replacing natural gas. It would also have the ability to replace oxyacetylene welding, which is very polluting.
The entire operation of the device is based on electrolysis. This is a chemical process that consists of breaking the bond of hydrogen and oxygen molecules through an electrical charge. The result is obtaining fuel in a gaseous state. The prototype is armed with two acrylics that protect a cell, a water tank, eight stainless steel plates, and a bubbler to clean the fuel.
The three IPN students see that their device can go further; It could also be applied in the creation of fuel batteries for electronics. Under the slogan "in the H is the future" they hope to expand the reach of their fuel generator from water. "The only thing we have to do is fill a small tank with water to generate the hydrogen and with the oxygen from the environment we would start generating electricity without having to wait for the battery to recharge," explained the young scientists.