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Hydrogen Powerpaste might be the fuel of the future: Has 10-times more energy density than a battery

Hydrogen Powerpaste is now being touted as the ‘new’ fuel of the future for vehicles. According to new findings, this Powerpaste solves all the fuel storage issues faced by current hydrogen-powered vehicles. This makes the Hydrogen Powerpaste feasible for use even in motorcycles and scooters.

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It has been known for several years now that petrol power will eventually fade out with all the new technology coming into play. Electric vehicles are becoming more and more mainstream and battery technology is improving with each passing day. It is obvious that electric two-wheelers are already on track to take the powered-ones down in the future.

However, there are many who believe hydrogen-fueled vehicles are the future and are equally capable. There are a few hydrogen-powered cars in the market today, and yet no progress has been made in the development of motorcycles or scooters powered by the gas. This is primarily due to the fact that the distribution and storage of hydrogen is difficult.

Now though, new progress has been made thanks to a german research firm called Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The firm has for a long time now been researching alternatives to battery-power and has had a major breakthrough in hydrogen Powerpaste. This Powerpaste is based on magnesium hydride which in turn is made of magnesium which is said to be an abundant resource on earth.

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TRL 5 demonstrator of a power generator with a POWERPASTE cartridge and a 100 watt PEM fuel cell.

Magnesium hydride by itself isn’t a potent energy resource which makes the gooey paste safe to store in almost any environment. It becomes potent when mixed with water which is how the technology is intended to work. Basically, one pumps the paste into the tank or attaches a cartridge filled with the paste to the vehicle.

The vehicle will also be required to have an onboard water tank. The Hydrogen Powerpaste and water is then mixed through a mechanism and a potent mixture is created. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft claims that the Hydrogen Powerpaste has ten-times more energy density than the material in a battery. At its research site, the company has now built a production plant capable of producing four tons of Powerpaste a year.

Production is expected to start this year. If this turns out to be successful, we might soon see two-wheelers powered by Hydrogen Powerpaste. All one needs to do is have sufficient water and Hydrogen Powerpaste in two separate tanks and range might just be equivalent to those of petrol-powered vehicles.


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