A Japanese company, Genepax Co Ltd., has introduced a car that uses water as fuel – that’s right…water. Genepax demostrated the car in Japan recently, and has solicited several manufacturers to handle production.
The car generates power by supplying water and air to fuel and air electrodes. It works like a standard fuel cell. The main component of the new system is a membrane electrode assembly (MEA), which contains a material that breaks down the water to hydrogen and oxygen.
Genepax has not revealed any more details, and the company president said that they had “succeeded in adopting a well-known process to produce hydrogen from water to the MEA”, similar to the mechanism that produces hydrogen by a reaction of metal hydride and water. The twist is that the new process produces hydrogen from water for a longer time.
Here is a video of the car in operation…
The fuel cell stack has a rated output of 120W and a fuel cell system with a rated output of 300W. The 300W system is an active system, which supplies water and air with a pump. In the demonstration video, the company powered a TV and the lighting equipment with a lead-acid battery charged by using the system. In addition, the 300W system was mounted in the luggage room of a compact electric vehicle “Reva” manufactured by Takeoka Mini Car Products Co Ltd, and the vehicle was driven by the system.
This could be the answer to everything. Why isn’t Detroit doing this?
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