Invention of a new way to produce Hydrogen for Energy
Posted February 6th, 1998
The following email arrived on February 7th;
Good news from Spain. A Chemical Research group has discovered a new way
to extract Hydrogen from water. It is very different from actual methods,
and is based on the interaction of a Molybdenum (Mo) compound. The
complete process has yet to be published, but details were posted today
(02/06), it is very promising. You can see the announcement on the University
of Valencia page at:
The page is written in Valenciano, a local language.
The following is a very rough translation I made from the file posted at the
URL above. I tried the Alta Vista translator for Spanish, Portugese and even
Italian, but none worked. No doubt errors abound, but it might be a bit
Investigators at the University of Valencia have developed a new procedure to
Two scientists at the University of Valencia, Antonio Cervilla and Elisa
Llopis, have presented their revolutionary discovery of a method to
decompose water into its constituent gases. Other scientists, members of
the Institute of Science & Materials at the University of Valencia, and
Director Daniel Beltran, have affirmed the discovery of a new invention to
obtain hydrogen to generate energy without contaminants.
Dr. Cervilla and Dr. Llopis carried out a diversity of experiments using
catalyzers based on molybdenum, a transition? metal. The discovery made
the decomposition of water possible, allowing the extraction of energy from
the prodigious production of hydrogen.
The explicit discovery came about from an investigation into the
decomposition reaction of molybdenum which resulted in a study of the
reaction with the possibility of a new means of decomposing water into
hydrogen and oxygen.
The results obtained showed it was effectively a catalysis process.
The molybdenum catalyzer dissolves on contact with water to produce a
reaction that is transparent/independent of ambient temperature, producing
a current of gas which is composed of hydrogen and oxygen.
The enormous importance and potential of this process to produce energy
from hydrogen in a controlled combustion cannot be overstated.
Dr. Elisa Llopia and Dr. Antonio Cervilla say the molbydenum combusts the
water in a catalytic process.
Investigators central to the experiment are also producing results.
Professor Antonio Cervillo, age 50, works in the Department of Inorganic
Chemistry at the University of Valencia. He has published over 50 articles
in international publications. He is the director of investigations for
the CICIT Project.
Professor Elisa Llopis, age 42, works in the Department of Inorganic
Chemistry at the University of Valencia.
University of Valencia, February 6th, 1998
The following is an English report of the experiment with a bit more
Spanish scientists claim to extract energy from
MADRID (February 7, 1998 10:08 a.m. EST - Two scientists at the university
of Valencia, eastern Spain, claim to have found a low-cost means of extracting
hydrogen from water, creating a possible substitute for petrol, press reports
Spanish daily newspapers El Pais and La Vanguardia reported that the
researchers Antonio Cervilla and Elisa Llopis have perfected a catalytic
converter capable of separating oxygen and hydrogen molecules in water at a
The method, which uses a chemical product derived from molybdenum but not
electricity, could yield hydrogen suitable for use as an alternative fuel to
petrol, claim the researchers.
"Hydrogen extracted from a half-litre of water can fuel a car from Bilbao to
Valencia," or 390 miles, El Pais quoted Cervilla as saying.
But several experts consulted about the apparent discovery remain sceptical
about whether such a method, if feasible, would be really cost-efficient.
Other methods already exist to separate oxygen from hydrogen in water, but all
need electricity and are too costly for wider use, state the experts.