18 Jun 2008 02:06:22
Car developed that runs on water
A new car has been developed that is powered entirely by water.
Genepax, a Japanese company, has developed the Water Energy System (WES), which reportedly generates power by supplying water and air to the fuel and air electrodes.
Water is broken down into its hydrogen and oxygen components by the system's membrane electrode assembly (MEA); the company's president claimed it had "succeeded in adopting a well-known process to produce hydrogen from water to the MEA".
Power is generated through the use of a system similar to that of a standard fuel cell, the news provider states.
A recent demonstration showed the car, Reva - which was manufactured by Takeoka Mini Car Products - being operated by a 300-watt active system that supplies water and air through a pump.
The company claims that it intends to provide one kilowatt-class generation systems to be used in electric cars.
Meanwhile, Honda has announced that it has rolled out a new zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell car this week, which emits only water.