Friday, 22 June 2007


Like most systems that endeavor to become into large scale production first start out as small toys and concept devices. The Hydrogen fuel car from Horizon is one of those quirky toys that has a serious market potential.

Many people are well aware that the need to reduce carbon emissions from one of the main culprits, which is of course, is car emissions. The H2 Racer is a small toy car but it's powered by Hydrogen and although it's only a small amount of hydrogen is used it's still a fairly dangerous toy and requires to used carefully.

The H-racer runs on 100% clean fuel produced by a clever designed hydrogen station, which can generate hydrogen, by solar power so totally environmentally friendly. The heart of the H racer is the Hydrogen fuel cell the cell is capable of converting the hydrogen to electricity to drive the vehicle.

The Hydrogen is converted to electricity without combustion so producing the ultimate clean fuel. At present there are a number of car company's producing hydrogen vehicles mainly as concept cars and possible future production of them is BMW that has produced a V12 saloon hydrogen powered vehicle.

As hydrogen is the most abundant element in our universe then it would be great if this turns out to be our solution to clean fuel that re balances the effects of global warming and perhaps gives our children a more reliable stable future.

As oil runs out and the continuing unstable elements of Iraq and Iran show that our efforts needs to be placed as far away from this instability as possible. As preparation to Hydrogen cars being realistic option service stations our now being equipped to be able to handle Hydrogen as a raw material to be inserted into cars and over two hundred hydrogen re fuelling stations exist. This may seem like a small amount but it's a start and a step in the right direction.

A Hydrogen fuel cell works on the following principles. The fuel cell is a special assembly of advanced material layers including a layer called a Proton Exchange Membrane. This is the clever bit that producers the electricity by exchanging Hydrogen plus atoms with O2 negative atoms.

An average fuel cell of this type can be between 40% and 60% energy efficient which is a lot better than petrol. As more effort from car manufacturers are made and the price of having a zero emissions car becomes a reality then there is also the small problem that most governments rely on the tax of petrol and diesel for there revenue.

It will be very interesting to see how long governments push tax breaks on energy efficient cars because as the balance changes there will be a need to generate revenue income of green cars too. At the moment the only hydrogen car I have at the moment is a toy H-racer it's a superb example of being able to see the future.

I think that with these toys we can teach the children about how to push for a better environment and better conditions for our planet. It also looks like the space race is on for the moon as the resources of the moon could solve our next major electricity generation problem. Helium 3 may be the answer to producing a sun type fusion power station on earth.

The next 50 years will see vast changes to our eco system and hopefully toy's like this will see that there is possibilities to have a better world.

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