Friday, April 10, 2015

Pressurized steam electrolysis and sewage treatment. New possibilities?

Update Note:
I had a big brain fart. Don't know why i put hydrolysis in place of electrolysis but I did. Sorry about that.

I have been pondering the implications of what might be possible if the steam pressured approach to electrolysis I suggested in an earlier post was feasible. And the one other benefit that sprang to the fore was in the treatment of sewage.

If you will recall, the idea was to create a sandwich of photo resist, etched material. Material that could both conduct electricity, but also have holes small enough to prevent highly energize water molecules from passing through. From this material you could then make a pressure chamber that had electrode walls, or mesh frameworks running parallel to the walls, that would allow the channeling of oxygen and hydrogen through their respective electrodes.

As I have always envisioned using Yen Tornado Turbines at sea to turn sea water into hydrogen, it was just axiomatic that the water would have to first be boiled so as to rid it of the salt. This new electrolysis approach would make even more use of that necessity.

In that vein, however, you have to wonder whether heating sewage waste water in a similar fashion might allow for another two-fer; as in two benefits for the cost of treating the sewage in the first place. Heating it would certainly kill the bad biota, perhaps allowing the solid matter to be applied directly to the new streams of yard waste mulch that we in the Puget Sound region are certainly taking advantage of. And from that heating we could also break the water down so that discharge of any degree of sill unhealthy could be eliminated completely; with the side benefit of reclaiming some of the energy used to do the processing in the first place.

There are still a lot of “ifs” involved in the electrolysis proposal, but it certainly looks like something municipalities all across the nation should be looking into.