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Solar Generation of Hydrogen is Nut A Rusty Idea

Solar Generation of Hydrogen is Nut A Rusty Idea

We here at Todays Carbon Footprints are a huge proponent of Hydrogen fuel.  Being highly abundant it is a resource that should be tapped.  The problem with the generation of Hydrogen today is the need for electrical power.  At this point in time the majority of electrical power is run by fossil fuels.  Very inefficient and environmentally costly.  

There is hope.  It is called Solar-Powered Hydrogen Generation. This does not use the conventional solar panel technology. It uses rust.  They are also known as water splitting solar cells.  At this point in time the generation of Hydrogen is derived from natural gas which has a severe impact on the environment with carbon dioxide emissions.  This is extremely counter productive.  The technology used in the above link utilizes the suns energy through enhances additions of rust “doped” with silicon.

Due to rust and silicon being highly abundant and the implementation of these two minerals we are beginning to tap into a huge and sustainable resource fueled by our sun.  Solar hydrogen  generation is not only abundant but infinitely (by way of the suns life span) renewable.
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SiO2: Silicon Dioxide Part 1

SiO2 - I - Silicon Dioxide

When we research an idea, product or process we like to understand the full dynamics.  By name some of us may recognize what this mineral is, and the relationship to the the world it may have.  Silicon Dioxide sounds rather threatening until you completely see what it really can do.  Once you know the simple facts it is almost alarming how wonderful Silicon Dioxide truly is. The articles to follow will highlight an understanding of the mineral

In a nut shell Silicon Dioxide is the second most abundant mineral on planet earth.  It is sand, It is a window in your house, it is sealant, it is used in optical fibers, the extraction of DNA and is very beneficial to the human body.  Agricultural foods are the leading source of silicon dioxide.  Simple to understand when you consider plants grow in soil and soil is rich in silica. This bonds with water and becomes SiO2.  Why is it an essential element or mineral?  SiO2 is extremely important for strong bones and joints, hair, nails and skin. It also minimizes the effects of Alzheimer’s disease by helping flush contaminants of aluminum from the body.  This however is not new information. It is found in ‘unrefined’ wheat, oats and rice and is also used as a vitamin dietary supplement. 

We are not suggesting you go out and eat a hand full of sand.  the important difference between SiO2 and Crystalline Silica is significant.  The crystalline form is a very jagged shape. More closely resembling broken class.  Silica dust is very harmful because is ‘cuts’ the airways and lungs when it is inhaled causing scaring of lung tissue.  Silicon Dioxide is in a liquid spherical shape on a nano particulate scale.  We could only describe this as glass beads grabbing hold of toxins in your system to assist in cleansing your body.  This may be a simplistic definition, but Silicon Dioxide is something the human body has benefited from for a very long time.  Other natural sources of SiO2 come in Oranges, apples, plums, grapes raisins and a host of vegetables usually due to being earth grown. 

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SiO2: Silicon Dioxide Part 2

SiO2  -  II - Silicon Dioxide

Our earth seems to be telling us something.  ‘Earth Grown’ foods, again, trump the genetically altered and/or ‘no soil’ (hydroponic) foods. Hydroponic foods tend to have less or very little SiO2 which the body requires unless a  mineral rich water supply is introduced.  Unless our soil has been completely contaminated with pesticides, bio-pesticides and industrial waste, hydroponics could have a great function.  We continue to mess with the food chain yet nature continues to tell us we need to return to the original design.

There is more.  In the liquid state when applied to any surface SiO2 can be used as a preventative against bacterias, molds and fungus.  Once applied to any surface it is easy to clean using simple soap and water where harsh chemicals or disinfectants were needed.  Something so abundant in our planets crust could, if we care, eliminate harsh chemicals from the broom cupboard. Expect to see this everywhere.  It is being implemented in restaurants, public facilities and hospitals by the European Union and it is offering astounding results.  Thank you Nanopool.

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Glass in a Can - SiO2: The Beauty of Spray-On Liquid Glass – Part 3

Glass in a Can - SiO2: The Beauty of Spray-On Liquid Glass – Part 3
Spray-on liquid glass is all the rage these days and it’s not hard to see why when it’s being used for all kinds of applications, including coatings for equipment, medical implants, catheters, sutures, and bandages. It creates a clear glass-like coating that bacteria can’t grow on. Although made of pure silicon dioxide, also called silica, there are claims that it is safe to breathe.

Since crystalline (dust) silica causes silicosis and harms the lungs can a liquid version of silicon dioxide be safer? Safe enough to swallow?

Silicon is currently used in the majority of, if not all, semiconductor technology for its ability to ‘insulate’ electric current. Crystalline silica causes silicosis when inhaled over long periods of time. It can also cause bronchitis and lung cancer.

Silicosis happens by breathing the dust particulates of glass, which cut and scar the lungs, causing damage, which results in diminished lung capacity. So where does the silicon dioxide enter into this equation as a safe product to breathe when applied as a spray?  

Liquid glass is actually ‘sodium’ silicate. Sodium silicate is used in everything from automobile repair, adhesives, and food preservation, to aquaculture, water treatment, and passive fire protection. The search for “liquid silicon dioxide” resulted in finding colloidal silica. Colloidal silica is spherical silica in a liquid state, which essentially means ‘liquid glass’ crystals which are smooth and round instead of sharp and pointed.

Is this why it is safe to breath? Because there are no sharp edges to damage lung tissue? But why would we think it is safe to fill our lungs with round glass any more than with jagged sharp glass particles? Do the lungs have the ability to process and get rid of the ‘spherical’ shapes through the blood stream?  
Is ‘liquid silicon dioxide’ really ‘colloidal silica,’ or is it ‘sodium silicate’?
    •    Silicon dioxide = SiO2
    •    Sodium silicate = Na2SiO3
    Colloidal silica is simply the liquid spherical shape of silicon dioxide while sodium silicate is silicon dioxide with an added salt element (Na). Both products are derived from the second most abundant element on Earth – sand. The production of liquid glass products may very well have a limitless and beneficial place in our world.  
But I would still suggest you not breathe it in.
What are your thoughts? Think that “smoothed” glass crystals are safe enough to breathe?

In the next post we’ll take a look at just how liquid glass is being used and its benefits.

SiO2 - The new window to the world – Part 4

SiO2 - The new window to the world – Part 4

In the last post, we talked about some safety issues surrounding the use of SiO2. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the uses and decide if its benefits outweigh its risks.
With all the inventions with the last 10 years, Liquid Glass has to be the one at the top. From Internet research on the technical aspects of SiO2, most of the articles on the subject were published around the same time and they all seem to include the same bits of information, i.e., who owns the patent, and the country in which it was invented. It seems strange that so many articles on a new product all have such similar wording. That aside, if you look at the articles, you’ll discover the many applications for which SiO2 is being used.

SiO2 in an aerosol can is supposedly safe to breathe. SiO2 can be used in an ethanol or water base form and many sources state that you can use SiO2 for numerous applications due to its sealing properties. As examples, SiO2 can protect surfaces susceptible to bacteria and mold, and in farming, as a preventative against fungus which is a large contributor of crop failures.

We know an application of SiO2 gives you sterile serf ice, which is easy to clean with water, where chemical disinfectants used to be needed. This by itself could significantly reduce the amount of harmful cleaning products that are doing nothing but damaging the environment and ourselves.

Knowing this, let us now take a look at an idea which would eliminate the need for genetically grown foods, which are having serious health and environmental effects. We found one use of SiO2 in the agricultural trials on vineyards. Spraying the crops with SiO2 increased the resistance  of fungal growth, which increased crop output and decreased crop loss. The use of SiO2 on seeds also had a significant decrease on crop loss as well.

This is an outstanding discovery, considering the conflict of genetically altered crop seeds that Monsanto is pushing on the farming industry. Genetically altered seeds are injected with a gene that produces a “crystal protein that kills insect larva” yet there has been little consideration as to the effects on other insects essential to the promotion of plant growth that feed on the very pests that destroy the plant. With the ‘organic’ pesticide now in the seed, the pesticide grows in the food, which is eaten by the consumer. And every subsequent seed that is harvested from the stock also contains the bio pesticide in the gene as well.

Enter the SiO2 generation. Treated seeds grow faster because they are protected against damaging fungus. This results in crops that grow healthier and stronger. If you treat crops once they have grown with a water-based SiO2 this then acts as a sealant, protecting against further fungal growth and the harmful effects of crop-destroying insects. We were farming for 10,000 years before we decided to manipulate the food chain. We were using up the resources and are now attempting to create lab conditions to control the natural world. Nature, by definition, will always trump the unnatural.
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