A UK company recently revealed the results of a top secret project it’s been working on for the past four years: a synthetic fuel that could cause gas prices to plunge to $1.50 per gallon.
Developed at the prestigious Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, Cella Energy CEO Stephen Voller claims that his company’s hydrogen-based fuel produces no carbon emissions when burned, and could be the first step toward a transportation market that’s unaffected by unstable oil prices.
“We have developed new micro-beads that can be used in an existing gasoline or petrol vehicle to replace oil-based fuels,” Voller told Gizmag. “Early indications are that the micro-beads can be used in existing vehicles without engine modification.”
If Cella Energy is able to produce this gas alternative on a commercial scale, it could be the missing link millions have been waiting for to help ease the pain of transition away from a fossil fuel-based economy.
Hydrogen, which produces only pure water when burned, is considered an ideal solution to cutting carbon emissions from petrol, which are estimated to cause 25 per cent of all carbon release. Until now, attempts to store it have not been consumer friendly so this has not been a viable option.
Currently “the only way to pack it [hydrogen] into a vehicle is to use very high pressures or very low temperatures, both of which are expensive to do. Our new hydrogen storage materials offer real potential for running cars, planes and other vehicles that currently use hydrocarbons on hydrogen, with little extra cost and no extra inconvenience to the driver”, said Professor Stephen Bennington, lead scientist on the project for the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council.
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