With the new process, the cell needs only water and air, eliminating the need for a hydrogen reformer and high-pressure hydrogen tank. Moreover, the MEA requires no special catalysts, and the required amount of rare metals such as platinum is almost the same as that of existing systems, Genepax said.
AFS Trinity's prototype sport utility vehicles can go 40 miles on a single charge from a standard electric outlet, at which point a gas-powered engine takes over. The SUVs reach top speeds of 90 mph on the highway -- and accelerate without a hitch, as Furia demonstrated while speeding Monday on Westlake Avenue North.
One problem, though: No automaker has agreed yet to license AFS Trinity's technology, so it isn't commercially available.
Still, he said, there is a "lot of institutional resistance" in the U.S.
After all, to choose just one example, he said, an electric car would need little maintenance -- a big moneymaker for car manufacturers.
Never mind that utility firms would become the new oil companies.
He notes that OPEC controls only 40 percent of world oil production, and says the high prices do not reflect market conditions but rather other factors linked to the weakening dollar, market speculation and the U.S. subprime mortgage market turmoil.
Yesterday’s Washington Post front-page lead story summed up in seven words what’s going on: "Siphoning Off Corn to Fuel Our Cars."
Yes, cars on American roads will burn up close to one-third of the enormous corn crop American farmers will grow this year. But because the United States is the world’s biggest producer of corn, an essential staple, this massive diversion from the food bowl to the fuel tank threatens to wreak increasing havoc from here to Timbuktu.
THE UK government has made an 11th-hour intervention in the long-running dispute between the Scottish NHS and anti-nuclear campaigners over the release of childhood leukaemia figures.
The saga can be traced to a freedom of information request lodged in January 2005 by the Scottish Greens for a breakdown of leukaemia statistics for under-15s in Dumfries and Galloway.
The United States and the European Union have taken a "criminal path" by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food.
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