Saturday, 29 January 2011

Hydrogen Based Artificial petrol For 90p A Gallon

The new hydrogen-based fuel costs only 90 pence per gallon and could even run in existing cars.

The environment-friendly fuel has been developed in secret at a laboratory in Oxford and could be available in as little as three years.

Motorists could even be able to drive for 300 to 400 miles before needing to fill up.

Energy from hydrogen can be harnessed by burning the gas or combining it with oxygen in a fuel cell to produce electricity.

But current methods of storing hydrogen are expensive and not very safe.

To get round this, scientists from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Oxford, University College London and Oxford University have found a way of densely packing hydrogen into tiny beads that can be poured or pumped like a liquid.
They have developed a way of making tiny micro-fibres 30 times smaller than a human hair. These form a tissue-like material
that is safe to handle in air. The new material contains as much hydrogen for a given weight as
the high pressure tanks currently used to store hydrogen.

'Early indications are that the micro-beads can be used in existing vehicles without engine modification. The materials are hydrogen-based, and so when used produce no carbon emissions at the point of use, in a similar way to electric vehicles.’

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