How to Make Hydrogen : How to Charge the System for Making Hydrogen

Uploaded by expertvillage on 19.02.2008

Michael Raines on Expert Village. Now moving on with our experiment. Now we have to, as
we say, charge the system. What does that mean? Well now we need to add our aqueous
solution. As in aqua, as in water. Yes, that's right, simple distilled drinking water. Real
easy. Open it up. Going to move our little tanks to the side, making sure that they're
unscrewed. We're just going to tilt them over a little and we're going to fill them up with
water. Well, not fill them up, but we at least want to submerge all the array panels. They
have to be under water. If they're not under water they won't short out. They just won't
produce any Hydrogen. So, you want to keep the tanks full. And that's about as full as
we want it. Little more in that one, little more there. And that's it. Now I've got to
be real careful not to spill these. Of course, it doesn't matter if I spill them because
it's just water right now and we're not using the nasty Lye. So it doesn't matter. Now,
just to show you, we're not going to screw them together. We're going to add some power
to it. Now, we're going to hook up our electricity again. Negative to negative, positive to positive.
And look. Nothing happened. Well, why is that? We don't have an electrolyte in our aqueous
solution. We need an electrolyte to make the current flow from panel to panel. So what
do we do? We grab our little baking soda here and we're going to sprinkle a little inside
the tubes. We'll have electrolyte, but we're going to turn off our power. So, unhook the
power. Alright so now we're going to add our little baking soda. Now, what we're going
to do is unhook one of the cylinders. We're only going to have one with electricity. So,
we've unhooked the one and we're going to charge this one up. So we're going to put
in a little baking soda. So, we're going to set our caps to the side. And I'm going to
scoop out a very small amount of baking soda because I can't remember how much we really
needed. So I'm going to toss just maybe half a gram, if anything into the container. And
it goes all the way to the bottom. Now, we should be able to see a reaction of some sort
already. So, we're going to put the power back on. Let's see what happens. Well look
at that. We are making Hydrogen. Now I bet you, you can look on this little gauge here,
we're at twelve volts and oh, ten amps. About where we want to be for single cylinder.