Researchers from the US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground Research Laboratory have stumbled upon a process for generating hydrogen that may reinvigorate the hydrogen fuel industry. While testing a high-strength aluminium alloy, they observed hydrogen gas bubbling on the surface of the alloy after water was poured over it. This is unusual, because aluminium exposed to water oxidises, creating a protective barrier that prevents further reactions from occurring. However, the reaction just kept producing hydrogen, taking less than three minutes to achieve almost 100 percent efficiency, and signals the possibility of an affordable, efficient source of hydrogen for fuel cells and other energy applications. The team was able to power a small remote-controlled tank using the process and is looking to undertake field-testing to ensure it works in a practical setting. To find out more go to Nano aluminium offers fuel cells on demand – just add water.