An Australian-Israeli start-up has developed a water based fuel that can power electric vehicles.
The fuel, developed by Electriq~Global, is comprised of 60% water and according to the company is highly efficient, safe, clean, and recyclable.
The Electriq system uses revolutionary technology to extract hydrogen from the fuel which is then harnessed to create electricity to power the vehicle.
The system works thanks to three key elements:
- the liquid fuel which reacts with a catalyst 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.
“This entire process is inherently safe and enables zero emissions vehicles,” the company notes.
The fuel is stable at ambient temperatures and pressures and when compared to green energy competitors like lithium-ion batteries or compressed Hydrogen technologies, achieves twice the range at half the cost.
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 1 000km and could be refueled in 5 minutes.
“Our technology brings dramatic news of improvement in driving range, refueling time, and cost of fuel and changes the rules of the game in many fields, including transportation and energy storage,” notes Guy N. Michrowski, CEO of Electriq~Global.
The company recently unveiled its innovative fuel idea at the EcoMotion 2018 ‘Smart Mobility Summit’ in Tel-Aviv.