Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ga Tech Researchers Working on Emission-Free Cars

Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a new fuel processor for automobiles, called the CO2/H2 Active Membrane Piston reactor. Fortunately for us, they have a great acronym - CHAMP.

CHAMP is designed to go along with hydrogen engines or fuel cells. Instead of hydrogen gas, it works off of a liquid fuel. CO2 is separated from the hydrogen in the fuel and stored. Then it is recovered the next time you go to the gas station.

The research was sponsored by NASA, the DoD's NDSEG Fellowship Program and Georgia Tech’s CEO (Creating Energy Options) Program.

“Presently, we have an unsustainable carbon-based economy with several severe limitations, including a limited supply of fossil fuels, high cost and carbon dioxide pollution,” said Andrei Fedorov, associate professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and a lead researcher on the project. “We wanted to create a practical and sustainable energy strategy for automobiles that could solve each of those limitations, eventually using renewable energy sources and in an environmentally conscious way.”

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