The latest fuelling technology
Every day in our weird and wonderful world, a new, unique and exciting technology is revealed and so it is no surprise that us humans are becoming more and more immune to the new and wacky inventions that are revealed daily. However, the latest reveal of how vehicles could be powered in the future, is likely to get a few tongues wagging.
Allegedly, if experiments that are being trialled by the United States Navy at the moment prove to be a success, then water from the sea could be used to power future vehicles.
Allegedly, the United States Naval Research Laboratory is turning the carbon dioxide that comes from seawater, into hydrogen. This is with the hope that jets and other sources could be fuelled from it. Allegedly, if the experiments prove to be successful, then researchers have predicted that it will cost around $3 or $6 per gallon, which is around 40-80p each litre.
Hydrogen powered vehicles are already been trialled by car manufacturers, with Hyundai exclaiming that a mass produced fuel cell vehicle with zero emissions could go on sale as soon as 2015.
Hydrogen powered vehicles, unlike electric vehicles can be refuelled very quickly and also have the range of vehicles that have a conventional petrol engine. At the moment however, there is not a network of refuelling stations for hydrogen vehicles anywhere in the world and providing the technology would be extremely costly.
The technology is also allegedly very expensive, which means that hydrogen powered vehicles are more than likely going to be substantially more expensive than their equivalents, powered by petrol.
With petrol and diesel fuel prices constantly on the rise however, could seawater technology be the solution?
Other manufacturers such as Peugeot and Citroen are developing technology which could see future models developed by air in a similar way to that of the KERS technology. The Kinetic energy technology or wind power could be harnessed and converted into power for the engine.