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by guyfrom7up on December 22, 2007 Table of Contents intro: AA fuel cell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 1: Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 2: battery disection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 3: mark the tube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 4: The design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 5: wind coils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 6: solder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 7: insert the alluminum barrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 8: fill with water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 9: to charge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advertisements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Make Magazine Special Offer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6

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com/id/AA-fuel-cell/ . a section of alluminum http://www.intro: AA fuel cell Big thanks to NachoMahma for the wire. Finished Fuel Cell step 1: Materials 2 cheap AA (not shown) solder nut and bolt platinum wire a tube that's the size of an AA. This was an experiment to make a AA fuel cell with house hold parts (plus platinum Wire). bolt 6. I used 2 of these since it was easier 2. In a performence test it produced an unstead 2 . but it failed. a section of a 5cc syringe 4. I didn't use this 3.1. without him it wouldn't be possible for this experiment. With that said here's the AA hydrogen fuel cell! Image Notes 1.instructables. yet it couldn't even light up a red LED. I made one from a 5cc syringe glue a bit of aluminum water Image Notes 1.5 volts for 10 seconds. best super glue ever 5.

the easier it is. it doesn't matter. Make the coils a tiny bit shorter than each side. You could only take apart 1 AA and use positive and negative caps. 1/3 step 4: The design Here's the design of what this is going to look like in the end. step 5: wind coils wind coils of platinum around the bolt so you can screw off the bolt. use gloves for this. The cheaper the battery. step 3: mark the tube Mark the tube with a sharpie either 1/3 the way in or 2/3 the way in. http://www. it's all relative. Image Notes 1.instructables. Take apart both AA's to get the negative caps. but I found soldering the negative cap was easier.com/id/AA-fuel-cell/ .step 2: battery disection For safty. and I don't have pictures because I didn't want to get black powder all over my camera.

+ coil 2. Repeat for the shorter coil. + coil 2.coil step 7: insert the alluminum barrier insert the aluminum barrier on the mark you marked earlier. insert the coil and wait about 10 seconds for the solder to solidify. this is easier if you put it on your not and bolt and adjust the nut to make it level. . . http://www. make it water tight with super glue around the perimeter. platinum wire Image Notes 1.coil step 6: solder turn up you soldering iron to maybe around 650F Make a giant blob of solder on the terminal.instructables.com/id/AA-fuel-cell/ .Image Notes 1. Image Notes 1.

instructables. This will create hydrogen and oxygen bubbles. Finished Fuel Cell step 9: to charge to charge it hook up the larger cavity to the . Related Instructables http://www. super glue the coil and terminal on.com/id/AA-fuel-cell/ . then do the same on the othe rside.step 8: fill with water fill one cavity with water (leave some gap.and the smaller cavity to the +. Image Notes 1. Use at least 9 volts. which the platinum can convert back into electricity. I'd say about 3/4 to 7/8 full).

2009. 2009. May 10.com/id/AA-fuel-cell/ . and then eats some (forgot the word in english. plutonium. and very dangerous. 2009.. -PKT May 11. Jan 2. 2009. 6:05 PM REPLY ReCreate says: Mar 19. 1:43 PM REPLY http://www. 2009. 2009. 2008. it is also used as a catalyst for fuel cells.. 8:36 PM REPLY sovereign says: where did you find platinum wire? the stuff's like 1600 bucks an ounce PKTraceur says: 8 dollars an ounce.. 2009. jeez. 2009. Gold is 456 per ounce. 12:20 PM REPLY ReCreate says: Thanks smarty pants. 2009. actually. 6:37 PM REPLY ReCreate says: plutonium? isn't that stuff radioactive? Mar 18. if he had enough time to run away. ReCreate says: PLATINUM PLUTONIUM OMG THEYRE THE SAME Really its like a one letter diffirence Geez. highly radioactive. 3:47 PM REPLY _Ko0LaiD_ says: You mean 2 letter difference and a switch. is very heavy.instructables.. was been used as a color too) every day for 1 week. on the other hand.. 3:44 PM REPLY PLATINUM! is worth more than gold. its a medicine against some radioactive reactions. 11:59 AM REPLY he wouldnt. 11:41 AM REPLY lasermaster3531 says: i think its platinum coated wire. 2009. it is a light silvery-white metal and it is harder than gold but softer than copper. he could survive it ReCreate says: Ill just tell my ghostly friends to not let him come:P Apr 21. Mar 19.. 1:01 PM REPLY froggyman says: why dont you wear a plutonium brancelet instead of a platinum branclet? Mar 19. and takes a shower using one of these anti-radioactive shampoos. 6:07 PM REPLY lasermaster3531 says: Mar 19. 9:41 PM REPLY Oh sure where can i get a plutonium bracelet? Ill keep it with me in my grave so that when anyone comes by to steal my 5 billion dollars under me will die zimmemic25 says: Apr 21.Advertisements Make Magazine Special Offer Comments 50 comments Add Comment view all 208 comments Aug 4. however.(No offense meant) :P May 10. get your elements straight. 2009.

7:54 PM REPLY I'm not sure how big each individual cell would be. Yeah. Also. 4:23 PM REPLY for the electrodes? Platinum is a catalyst that will allow the reaction of oxygen and hydrogen to turn back into water and electricity as a byproduct.86 liters of hydroxy gas Dec 28.. rookie1 says: Apr 22. 11:43 AM REPLY imakethings says: how long does this last? Apr 25. I'm a hippie at heart. 11:13 AM REPLY Thanks for the quick answer. 2009. Good instructable.nice-girls says: commmmmmmmon May 11. 10:42 PM REPLY rookie1 says: Apr 24. you are a catalyst!!! nice-girls says: yeah maybe you are right ! but who said a nice girl doesnt like to learn more? May 10. Other metals won't do that alwinovich says: anyone thinking abou the fact that it only takes 1 mililiter water to produce about 1.86 liter of Hydroxy . How is every thing going on? please let me know: which of the elements in this cell do the main role???? The water? Can we charge one cell several time and receiving the same voltage??(without changing the water)??? Im waitiiing Thank you May 10. Why won't copper work? Or lead and acid which makes auto batteries work. guyfrom7up says: Apr 22. What's a nice girl doing in a place like this. 2009. 3:40 PM REPLY I guess this might be a dumb question but. 2008.. 2009. I don't have a mechanical or scientific bone in my body but I'd still like my question answered. I see. it didn't work. 3:17 PM REPLY ReCreate says: i highly doubt it Apr 21. 11:45 AM REPLY nice-girls says: Heeey I reeeaaalllly missed you. 2009. I admit. cause as the instructable said. like 1-2 minutes or 10-15?? like my car goes with gas and takes 12 liter/100 km that is roughly 80-90 min engine running time. 2009. 12:55 AM REPLY kvnsdlr says: Apr 24. 2009. guyfrom7up says: Apr 24. How big would a cell have to be to say. 11:05 AM REPLY nice-girls says: what did you mean by: 'this project didn't work ????? you wrote this experiment and now you yourself says that it doesnt work? Feb 25. 2009.com/id/AA-fuel-cell/ . but you'd need several (or tons) in series (depending on your setup) to get enough voltage for your house. run a house? I'd be interested in something with a life style-practical application. 2009. 12:04 PM REPLY 90% of experiments fail and that dear is how we learn. Mar 16. you need some other divider material that's not aluminum.instructables. ahhh.. 2009. 2009. 6:49 AM REPLY http://www.long can I operate the engine with this 1. 2009. the individual size of each cell would determine the battery life. 2009. 1:50 PM REPLY cumpi says: just one question: if i burn it in a small engine( like car engine 900cc) how far.

2009. well maybe you are right but with the structure I told you I received about 2 volts (with no Amps actually) so its not completly useless ha? hey does your car have a hydrogen generator? please look at this link: http://www. 2009. 2009. 5:22 PM REPLY ReCreate says: so all you need to do is get it to work. 1:47 PM REPLY dio127 says: think about using palladium? it reacts better with hydrogen Apr 21. 2009. 10:26 AM REPLY http://www. 3:49 PM REPLY guyfrom7up says: it would have if it would have worked it's the same size Mar 19.zimmemic25 says: the best way to use hydrogen is the way shown in this instructable. 12:25 PM REPLY guyfrom7up says: I don't know anything about hydrogen as a fuel for a car.the platinum generates electricity? Apr 21. 5:15 PM REPLY nice-girls says: Mar 16. 1:51 PM REPLY ReCreate says: So this will replace a AA battery? Mar 19.com/id/AA-fuel-cell/ . I don't think bones contain platinum? Mar 16.Right? What should be easy Mar 19. 9:40 PM REPLY zimmemic25 says: it worked.com/watch?v=pRCnSQA37Zs&feature=related I downloaded it. I've had no expierience with it and I'm not going to risk MY car :P as to Crumpi: I don't think it's the same thing.instructables.you disappointed me really. use platinum electrodes to make electricity and then use that electricity to power an electric car Apr 21. 2009. 10:36 AM REPLY nice-girls says: you know. it produced 1-2Volt (unstable voltage) for 10 seconds. 12:51 PM REPLY oh yeah of course you have life honey.I wanna make one would you help me?pleaseeeeeee Im waitiiiiiiing nice-girls says: "You are going to need a different setup than what I used" forexample how?whats your suggestion? by the way . 12:01 PM REPLY ReCreate says: compress? Apr 21.youtube. 2009. 2009. you talked like a person comming from 20th century Mar 31. 2009. and the only way to change that is to find a way to get more hydrogen/oxygen into that little space of an AA cell Apr 21.Have you heard about a bacteria which can electrolysis the water? actually I heard about it somewhere but I dont know the name? Do you know? (it would be so interesting to use a bacteria instead of batteries!!) Feb 27. 2009. 2009. 12:03 PM REPLY ReCreate says: so if the hydrogen gas is exposed to platinum. 2009. 2009. but it didn't produce enough energy to use it as a AA battery.

mine didn't work! Feb 26. carbon won't do that. 1:25 AM REPLY nice-girls says: heeyy i miissed you alottt . lol Mar 12. You need platinum.. ( I think in secret labs Genetics are already trying to geneticly modify bacterias to use in fuell cells) Mar 16. You need some sort of permeable membrane (people had a conversation below). http://www.instructables. yet at the same time shorts it's self out. 12:09 PM REPLY the whole metal barrier thing doesn't work.where are you? Mar 12. 9:42 AM REPLY guyfrom7up says: I'm here. one of the only elements in this situation that converts hydrogen and oxygen into electricity is platinum. 10:35 AM REPLY guyfrom7up says: put several in parallel You are going to need a different setup than what I used. 2009. 2009. it makes it's self work. 2009. carbon won't work. 2009. Have you Anything to say? Mar 14. cumpi says: Mar 16. 2009. 2009. 2009.cumpi says: it sounds very very interesting. making nothing. Bigger cell could just store more energy In the into I wrote that this was a "failed experiment" and the rest of the instructable is just what I did. I tried Cu &. Platinum is a catalyst that converts the hydrogen and oxygen into water and electrcity.com/id/AA-fuel-cell/ . 3:17 PM REPLY nice-girls says: what about Amper?how we can produce more? Feb 26. 2009. 2009. 2009. a way of producing higher voltage is to put several in series elements: Well. 11:26 AM REPLY guyfrom7up says: well. 2:52 PM REPLY nice-girls says: why dont you think of another way to produce more voltage ? I mean with different tools and elements? forexample using a bigger cell or Na2So4 instead of salt? havent you think of any other way? Feb 25. 5:00 PM REPLY The impurities in the water (like salt) only make it conductive so that electric current can pass through and split water molecules. With salt as the impurities. as you said it didnt work as I expected. 6:29 AM REPLY nice-girls says: You know as you said I tried to change the setup I used long piece of Mg instead of Al and two piece of Carbon instead of platinum and it just changed a bit.. 6:27 AM REPLY hi my friend had a serious broken bones when he was young and after he managed to keep the platinum from his bones can it be used or this medical "stuff" does not work in this set up? nice-girls says: If you are here so why dont you answer me?hey Im waitiiiiiiing Mar 15. it also creates deadly chlorine gas. 2009. 10:44 AM REPLY guyfrom7up says: I have a life :P Mar 15. Feb 25. remember.

the idea is shown at this site:[http://scitoys." you will get a different voltage. with platinum electrodes. 2008. normally this doesnt happen by itself. For starters. 9:30 PM REPLY Currently all you are doing is electrolysis of water. I'd suggest looking up "electrochemistry. and the total amount of charge that you can get out of the system is related to the concentrations of the salt solutions. that have to be different.com/scitoys/scitoys/echem/fuel_cell/fuel_cell. just reply to this comment and I can try to help you understand! :-) hivoltage says: Jan 12. the reaction reverses to create water and electricity. the whole process is made possible because the platinum acts as a catalyst. In fact. it's as simple as driving the reaction backwards by supplying an external voltage in the opposite direction. To recharge the system.com/id/AA-fuel-cell/ . which is greater than the voltage that can be produced! the amount of current that can be generated is proportional to the surface area of the electrodes. but since the hydrogen is stuck as bubbles to one wire and oxgen to the other. not just electrons). they are not attempting to create a battery. Jan 12. 10:59 PM REPLY actually.instructables. It will only have a limited life-time though. and the reason that it is not giving electricity back out is because there is no driving force for converting the oxygen and hydrogen back to water. and the total size of the electrodes.com] view all 208 comments http://www. just have a look at this page and it explains a fair bit: electrochemistry depending on what you use as the two reaction "half cells. as at least one of the electrodes is going to be sacrificial (it will be consumed as the reaction progresses) any questions." You will need to have a different half-cell on either side of a permeable barrier (permeable to ions. a fuel cell turns hydrogen and oxygen back into water. 2008. creating electricity.html scitoys.TheScientist says: The reason that it isn't working is because you need two sides to the cell.