Formula E’s emission-free charging
More details about Aquafuel's unique glycerine-powered charging, first published in FIA's INSIGHT series.
Formula E believes that increased electric car usage will make significant benefits to the quality of air in our cities, which in turn will lead to an improved quality of life. But one of the main objections from the anti-electric car lobby is that the pollution caused by the production of the electricity in the first place negates their environmental credentials.
This argument carries some weight in countries where the main supply to the national grid comes from coal-fired power stations (although it still overlooks the fact that the amount of carbon produced in the process of creating and distributing petrol or diesel is greater still). Nevertheless, if electric cars are to make a significant difference to the quality of the air we breathe, charging them with electricity produced by low-emission sources is crucial.
As Formula E wants to play a key role in advancing the technology surrounding electric car ownership not just the cars themselves, the bold decision was taken that the charging of the racing cars had to come from a sustainable source.
To this end, a British company called Aquafuel Research Ltd was commissioned to build a pair of mobile generators that could be packed inside a shipping container and freighted to each race. But what makes these generators special is that they run on a fuel that is virtually emission free – glycerine. [read more...]
Formula E uses pollution-free glycerine to charge cars
Aquafuel revealed as race series power provider in Formula E press release
Working with the UK’s leading fuel company Greenergy, Aquafuel has developed ground-breaking new technology for the combustion of glycerine in standard diesel generators. Located in the paddock, these generators will be used at all ePrix with the sole purpose of ensuring the Formula E cars are charged quickly, safely, fairly and without producing CO2 emissions.
Using a single generator, all 40 cars can be charged from flat to full in 50 minutes and with automated precise power controls, can be relied upon to ensure no car is given additional power.
Glycerine is a carbon-neutral fuel; safe, odourless, non-toxic and water soluble and an abundant by-product of biodiesel production. Aquafuel's technology allows glycerine to replace diesel, increasing efficiency and dramatically cutting pollutants such as NOx and particulates by over 90% - easily meeting California’s tough Tier 4 emission standards. [read more...]
Powering Diesel Engines with Glycerine
Aquafuel's "minor miracle" featured in tce magazine
- Millions of tons of unwanted glycerine produced every year
- Possibly the best fuel in the world
- water soluble, safe and non-toxic
- Easily meets California Tier 4 emissions standards for CO and NOx
- Proven Aquafuel technology enables standard diesel engines to be used
- The future: salt-water algae can produce glycerine in huge quantities
- Download the article below or contact Aquafuel here for more information.
Greenwich University and Aquafuel Research study glycerine fuel from algae
Glycerine is in abundant supply as an unwanted byproduct of biodiesel production, but much more interesting is the production of glycerine by salt-water algae. Unlike other biofuels which can compete with agricultural land, algae can be grown around the unutilised coastal land of Africa and the Middle East. Algae does not consume any drinking water and produces up to 80% glycerine by volume.
About Aquafuel Research: renewable power experts
Why do energy-intensive industries buy-in expensive power and heat and yet dispose of renewable by-products with fuel potential at commodity prices? Aquafuel Research was formed to develop new technologies and techniques to help companies to reduce their energy costs, unlock new revenues and to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Aquafuel is a venture-backed UK company with a set of patented technologies for renewable combined heat and power (CHP) and a number of commercial CHP projects under its belt. Investors include EEA, a leading environmental investment firm.