Electriq Global invents a Hydrogen fuel tank that can plug right in to our current transportation infrastructure. Just like real gasoline it is pumped from a gas station, unlike real gasoline, it doesn’t spout off emissions and a large portion of the fuel is actually recyclable.
Israeli-Australian company Electriq Global has combined hydrogen, the first element on the periodic table, with water and other supporting materials, concocting a unique blend that can more easily integrate with our existing means of transportation, logistics and re-fueling. The extra ingredients help to stabilize the Hydrogen so as to become more commercially viable – beyond just powering rocket ships and other extreme forms of propulsion.
Another feature that sets the hydrogen fuel apart from gasoline is that it is meant to power electric vehicles for long range travel. In so doing it combines the best of both worlds: fuel and battery power into a cheap, quick, eco-friendly means of powering transportation in a society that only grows more and more concerned with pollution.
The new hydrogen composite fuel supply is manufactured at a recycling/production center. No rare or expensive elements are required during assembly so it costs less than half as much as gasoline, while delivering around twice the range, and remaining completely emission-free
Being around 60 percent water the fuel is simple to transport and store, which is one of the only remaining obstacles preventing hydrogen fuel from really taking off. With that being said – as long as Electriq Global develops the necessary commercial partnerships to sustain their momentum we could very well witness the beginning stages of a transition from gas and oil to Hydrogen fuel over the next 5 years or so. There are just too many advantages over pre-existing fuel alternatives to ignore the potential of something like this.
However, there are several complications that will make the whole process of refueling a little more complex. Electriqs hydrogen tank is the same size as a regular fuel tank, however it does have one additional component called the “Switch,” whereby you need to isolate the Hydrogen. By flicking the “switch” you release a chemical catalyst into the fuel tank that separates hydrogen from other “filler” ingredients like water.
After the hydrogen fuel is relinquished from other elements it travels to the fuel cell where it can finally be converted in to electrical energy.
“If you picked up a Toyota Mirai today,” says Simonetti, “and took out the hydrogen tank, and switched it out with this fuel tank and the Switch, which is a single set of componentry, you’ve got a working car.”
Another complication is that the remaining liquid (i.e. 97% of the fuels mass) needs to be recycled.
For example when you go to a gas station any filler ingredients that remain from catalysis will need to be siphoned out of your tank before new fuel can be restored. Then, as the gas stations own reservoir fills up with this recyclable liquid, another Electriq tanker will have to eventually come and empty it out, so that they can bring it back to the factory for re-injection.
Every innovation comes with a necessary adjustment. As to how long it will take for Electriq to convince some auto-manufacturer to swap out their engine for this Hydrogen-switch fuel tank, or perhaps even design their own vehicle, only time will tell. With that being said one thing is for sure – if their new innovative fuel tank ever sees the light of the day it could mean significantly reduced emissions around the world. Whether you believe in climate change or not, it’s always nice to breathe clean air!
In other relevant news a hybrid Hydrogen/solar fuel cell made its debut recently – offering the ability to generate hydrogen fuel and solar energy at the same time.