Good news came from Cella Energy, alternative energy development company, based in England. They had found””synthetic gasoline that can replace conventional fuels.
Not only that. Synthetic gasoline is even claimed to be used without too much tinkering with the engine at this time. Voller said the technology was developed through a secret research project for four years at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the prestigious. Cella Energy actually set up the company’s laboratory, in collaboration with University College London and Oxford University.
The so-called synthetic gas that is nothing but a development of the element hydrogen. This besin technology we developed based on materials of complex chemical called hydride containing hydrogen. Until now, experts are many uses hydride batteries in a number of species, such as metal-nickel batteries and batteries for cars hydrogen.
The element hydrogen long as it’s become the choice of experts as an effective fuel compared with other elements. When working, the resulting energy levels are high making it ideal to run the engine. In addition, hydrogen combustion products are environmentally friendly.
However, the use of hidrogan so far is quite troublesome, especially with regard to storage elements. Various vehicles and hydrogen-fueled engines, for example, must use high-pressure cylinder, 700 bar or 10,000 psi. Or conversely, hydrogen must be stored in liquid form in the tube-cooled, with temperatures reaching minus 253 degrees Celsius.
Actually there is another way, namely by converting hydrogen into electrical energy directly in the form of fuel cell (fuel cell). This technology is a bit much to solve the problem place. Hydrogen can be placed in a fuel cell-sized batteries or small suitcase. The problem, the energy generated is still very limited and it can not compete with gasoline.
Various conditions that would make hydrogen is not practical to use, has a security risk, and expensive to be mass produced. Prototype cars or hydrogen-fueled engine is now quite complex, the risk is high, and very costly if mass produced.
Well, Cella Energy experts claim can cope with the problem. ”If the hydrogen is handled using our patented technology, it would be more practical and even safer than gasoline,”said Prof.. Bennington. How, by placing the hydride at grain microstructure (nano-micro porous polymer beads) that have been patented Cella Energy earlier.
According to Bennington, hydride material can be made into granules with micro-nano structuring technique called coaxial electrospraying. When the hydride into micro grain, Bennington said, means the content of hydrogen in it is stored in a temperature and pressure balanced.
Bennington stated, save hydride in the form of granules nano further enhance the ability of fuel energy. In addition, this method while protecting the hydrogen from oxygen and water so as not to react.
Original form of synthetic gas that later in the form of powder or paper towels. However, according to Bennington, when heated, it will move to follow the nature of water. These conditions allow the experts Cella Energy puts it in a synthetic gasoline fuel tank ordinary. If the fuel filling station has been developed, the user can fill in synthetic petrol filling just like conventional gasoline.
”So, the technology indicates that this synthetic fuel can be used in ordinary gasoline cars without much change an existing machine,”said Voller told Gizmag.com. In addition, synthetic fuel can also be used as an additive in gasoline, diesel, or kerosene to reduce carbon emissions arising from the combustion process.
However, what about fuel energy it produces? Cella Energy experts claim that synthetic gasoline they have met the target set by the automotive industry. ”So is the effect on speed, fuel efficiency, and manufacturing process,”the official said in a statement they were in cellaenergy.com.
Do not stop till the test laboratory, a team of experts also think for synthetic gasoline that can be made in bulk. According to Bennington, the micro-shaped hydrogen storage materials that can meet the target market thanks electrospraying method earlier. ”This method allows the mass production because it can be carried out automatically,”said Bennington.
Interestingly, Bennington continued, so far a team of experts did not use the material is too expensive in the production of synthetic gasoline. Everything can be obtained naturally and processed without the expensive cost. Therefore, Voller dare say that later synthetic gasoline price was only U.S. $ 1.5 per gallon.