A couple of years ago, if somebody told you it’s possible to have a car fueled through feeding it with saltwater, you probably would have called them a proponent of a conspiracy theory.
Just try and visualize that instead of your car spewing out a continuous outflow noxious mixtures of gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, benzene, particulates and hydrocarbons, the exhaust of your car emits only water.
It’s now not too hard for us to envision a future where all our motor vehicles are electric, but for us to imagine a future where electric cars are being powered by water; yes, salt water!
The Toyota Mirai
It could sound more like a science fiction theory, but this is now a reality. Rather than having your car fuel tank filled up using diesel or petrol, the Mirai (Japanese for ‘future’), from giant car maker Toyota is getting powered by one of the most widely available element in the world, hydrogen
- Hydrogen gets introduced into the tank of the Mirai’s tank just as petrol would be injected at a petrol pump.
- Then, using the fuel cell wonders — which trigger a chemical reaction that takes place between oxygen in the air and the hydrogen — this gets converted into electricity that in turn will power the auto.
- Amazingly, the only by-product that comes from this process is pure drinkable water.
- The Toyota Mirai can in a mere 9.6 seconds hit speeds of 111 mph (62 mph)
- Most significantly, the car has a huge range of approximately 300 miles.
- The Mirai’s tanks made of ultra-strong carbon-fibre can get filled up in about 10 minutes.
The technology that uses electrolyte flow cell has in fact been around for quite a while, although it is just recently that several auto manufacturers got the green light to begin producing cars running on the electrolyte flow cell technology.
German company Quant recently announced that their new Quant e-Sportlimousine, a salt water powered car, has received certification to be used on roads in Europe. This is a sure and very positive indicator that the powerful Oil Cartels have began to lose the protracted energy war.
- The German makers have gone on to produce an electrical car that is powered using salt water. The Quant e-Sportlimousine has 4 electric engines.
- It is a fast car that comes with some excellent fuel savings for any worthy sports car.
- To put it correct technically, the salt water is not used as the fuel, but rather the medium of storage.
- Using two tanks that can hold 50-gallon water and 4 electric motors, the car is run using the electrically charging salt water (ionic liquid) to store the generated energy.
- This boosts energy efficiency that permits for a higher range compared to the standard electric car batteries.
This new form of alternative energy technology is possibly going to finally make gasoline powered cars to become obsolete. This based on the fact that using electrolyte flow cell technology for powering cars is much more cost effective and by far cleaner compared to using gasoline.
How Quant Works
The Quant e-Sportlimousine gets powered through a power system known as electrolyte flow cell. This an element of the innovative technology referred to as NanoFlowcell technology. The electrolyte flow cell power system works similar to the working of a hydrogen fuel cell; the difference being that it is salt water that is being used in the storage of power.
- 2 liquids that have metallic salts, acting as the electrolyte, get mixed in such a manner to lead to an electrochemical reaction.
- Subsequent to that, electric motors make use of the ensuing reaction in producing electric current.
- The electricity is stored first and then distributed using super capacitors.
Quant Unique Features
Different from the standard cars that are running on gasoline, the German made Quant e-Sportlimousine operates on a system made by NanoFlowcell known as electrolyte flow cell power system.
- Has the capacity of generating an incredible 920 horsepower (680 kW).
- This car that powered by salt water can go in 2.8 seconds from a 0 speed to 100 km/h (62 mph) with a top speed of 350 km/h (217.5 mph).
- The system efficiency reaches 80% because the car has literally got no moving parts and the waste heat produced is insignificant when contrasted against cars that are powered by standard batteries made of lithium-ion.
The sleek design of the Quant e-Sportlimousine makes it quite competitive among electric and sports cars alike. However, beyond the great aesthetics, this car is also proving its worth in terms of performance.
Phinergy-Renault-Nissan Aluminum-Air Battery
The Company Phinergy has produced a car battery that is carbon-neutral electricity which consumes slices of aluminum slowly to yield more energy density in comparison to the best batteries made of lithium-ion.
- The aluminum-air battery from Phinergy’s mixes de-ionized water (drinkable) into a solution of alkaline electrolyte.
- It then injects air to trigger a chemical reaction which dissolves the aluminum plates to generate electricity.
If the plans remain on schedule, Phinergy is optimistic their aluminum-air battery will prove itself as the greatest innovation in recent years for the transport industry.
Emerging alternative energy technologies like the efficient electrolyte flow cell system are certainly going to become more main stream in the days ahead. Alternative new energy technologies are going to assist us in solving our perennial “energy crisis” and possibly usher in a new modern age.
With a single stroke, our entire economy and environment would be radically transformed. This is a new era where worries about accessing clean and cheap energy become a thing of the past.