No, this is not a “run your car on water” scheme, it’s actually real technology that’s been in the works for years.
A European company called Nanoflowcell has come up with a way to run a car on salt water. Well, maybe not YOUR car but A car. To be technically correct, the salt water is used as a storage medium or battery rather than a fuel. The “Quant” E sport limousine is a 100% electric car. No hybrid, no fossil fuel, no emissions other than water vapor. On paper the company boasts this car to put out over 900 HP from 4 electric motors driven by this flow cell battery. The sleek design also makes the car competitive with sports cars and electric cars alike. But beyond aesthetics, the Quant also proves its worth in performance. The e-Sport limousine clocks a top speed of 217 mph, on par with a McLaren P1, and delivers an average projected range of 310 miles, higher than that of Tesla Model S’s estimated 260-mile range. As a bonus, it’s also coated with a complete membrane of solar energy gathering cells and power regenerating brakes to help produce as much electricity as possible … and the list goes on. You can check out a video from the company here.
So how does it work? You ask. “Flow” battery technology has been lurking about for a number of years. Companies such as Primus power, Redflow and Tesla have been building these batteries referred to as “regenerative fuel cells” for a few years. The biggest difference between a regular “acid battery” and flow cell is that the electrolyte does not just sit in a container nibbling away at conductive plates like ants on a cracker. There are typically two storage tanks, one with positively charged fluid and one with negatively charged fluid. Two pumps force the fluids through a divided chamber and the reaction creates electric energy. The amount of power possible is directly related to the size of the tanks. Sounds like a simple concept until you get into the chemical concoctions. What does it mean for the regular people of the world? For one, not only has this company convinced Germany and the European union to let them legally register the car, it’s now legal for it to be personally owned and operated throughout. Knowing how the Germans embrace and refine technology it could mean a big difference to the world.
That’s great! You say to yourself. What’s it gonna do for the rest of us? As far as the technology itself goes, stop and think for a second. Since the NanoFlowcell® itself has almost no moving parts, in theory, there are no limits to the scale of this energy system. Those of the population living in rural areas, islands, preppers of all kinds, isolated towns and those just wanting to keep more of their hard earned pennies may now have another alternative power source for those times when solar and wind just aren’t happening. The long term benefits are obvious… well, as long as “big energy” embraces it instead of trying to bury it… we the people could have a major jump on the ability to store and produce continuous amounts of clean energy.
Will the technology survive and evolve into a viable and affordable means of producing energy? Only the shadowy figures of corporate espionage know that one.
What do you think?