Declining Oil Reserves

David South dsouth at
Wed Mar 15 12:50:27 EST 2000

Mike Hagen wrote:
> Very interesting! So what do you do with all those polythene balls after
> the H is sucked out?

if you visit their web page you will find:

Every once in awhile, big trucks come and pick up the NaOH, H2O, and
polyethylene ball shells and take them back to the powerball factory.
First, the polyethylene is separated from the NaOH and water and is
cleaned up and melted to be made into more ping-pong balls to store more
NaH teams. Next, the NaOH and H2O are poured into a big heater which
makes the H2O evaporate.

The really amazing part is that it only takes a theoretical $.15 worth
of natural gas (CH4) to produce 1 gallon of powerballs in the above
(unfinished) powerball factory. 1 gallon of powerballs could provide an
equal range for a car as 1 gallon of gasoline.  Since Powerballs are not
an energy source, but just an energy storage medium, the energy to
poduce the NaH pellets from the NaOH waste can come from a number of
sources. In the future, our energy sources will change. As supplies of
Natural gas, Coal, and Oil dwindle (or environmental problems arising
from their direct combustion are properly addressed) mankind will turn
to renewable sources of energy. Since a pelletized hydride fuel
infrastructure can base its energy sources on wind energy, nuclear
fusion energy, and solar energy, it is a responsible and environmentally
friendly potential replacement for gasoline as a future fuel source.

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