An Australian-Israeli startup has found a way to create a water-based fuel to power electric vehicles.
The company, Electriq~Global, has developed a fuel that’s comprised 60 per cent of water, using technology that extracts hydrogen from the water-based fuel, which is then harnessed to create electricity to power the vehicle.
The Electriq~Global system contains three key elements: the liquid fuel (Electriq~Fuel) which reacts with a catalyst (Electriq~Switch) to release hydrogen on demand, then the spent fuel is captured and taken back to a plant where it is replenished with hydrogen and water for re-use (Electriq~Recycling). This entire process is inherently safe and enables zero emissions vehicles.
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The water-based liquid fuel is safe and stable at ambient temperatures and pressures. When compared to green energy competitors like lithium-ion batteries or compressed Hydrogen technologies, Electriq~Global achieves twice the range at half the cost. The energy density is up to 15-times that of electric batteries currently in use in vehicles like those of Tesla.
A comparison of electric buses showed the buses powered by batteries provided a range of 250km and required up to 300 minutes to recharge, whereas buses to be powered by Electriq~Fuel will provide a range of 1000km and could be refuelled in five minutes.
Electriq~Global CEO Guy N. Michrowski says, “Our technology brings dramatic news of improvement in driving range, refuelling time, and cost of fuel and changes the rules of the game in many fields, including transportation and energy storage”.
Electriq~Global presented its fuel at the EcoMotion2018 Smart Mobility Summit in Tel-Aviv.
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