Dry Water

A short description

An unusual substance known as dry water that seems like powdered sugar can become a new medium for the absorption and storage of methane and carbon dioxide. Researchers who are exploring this substance say that in this way it would be possible to reduce the negative processes of global warming and develop promising methane energy that will be one of the key-points of the future energetic.

Dry Water

Dry Water

Appearance and Production

This powder can be used for many different purposes in the future. For example, they can be used in more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient ways to manage a variety of industrial chemical reactions and to produce a variety of consumer products. Dry water can also ensure the safe transportation of harmful substances. So far, scientists say there is nothing in the world like this.

The researchers explain that the substance is named dry water because it is in fact 95% real water, but externally the substance is surrounded by some dry powder. Each powder granule contains a small drop of water covered by a layer of modified silicon. The silicon coating prevents the droplets from bonding to each other and thus turning into ordinary water. The resulting dry powder can absorb gas, which then chemically binds to water molecules and forms chemical compounds called hydrates.Dry water was first discovered in 1968. Back then this substance was seen as a potential way to change the industry of cosmetic products. Researchers at the University of Hull in the UK became interested in the dry water again in 2006 to further investigate its properties and internal structure.

Usage and Potential

One of the most recent applications of this substance is a medium for gas storage and storage. Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide can also be stored. In laboratory studies, the researchers found that dry water absorbed three times more carbon dioxide over the same period than ordinary water and silicon. This property of absorbing carbon dioxide in the form of a hydrate can help reduce the negative impact of global warming.

Usage and Potential

Usage and Potential

Methane can also be stored in dry water, thus expanding its use as an energy source. Scientists hope that the powder can be used to capture and transport natural gas. Methane hydrate also occurs in its natural form on the ocean floor. This is a form of frozen methane, also known as burning ice. Storing methane in powder form would make it easier to use in cars running on natural gas. Of course, much research is still needed in this area to achieve such practical application results.

Another interesting application is that dry water can also be used as a catalyst to accelerate the reactions between hydrogen and maleic acid. This reaction produces succinic acid. This material is used as a raw material in the manufacture of medicines, food supplements and other consumer products. Typically, materials must be mixed during its production. If dry water particles containing maleic acid could be formed, the reaction with hydrogen would be faster and no mixing would be required. The process would become cleaner and more energy efficient.