Jan 26, 2011

Savior or Fraud?

This is either another Cold Fusion - or it's the Manhattan Project

UK-based Cella Energy has developed a synthetic fuel that could lead to US$1.50 per gallon gasoline. Apart from promising a future transportation fuel with a stable price regardless of oil prices, the fuel is hydrogen based and produces no carbon emissions when burned. The technology is based on complex hydrides, and has been developed over a four year top secret program at the prestigious Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. Early indications are that the fuel can be used in existing internal combustion engined vehicles without engine modification.

According to Stephen Voller CEO at Cella Energy, the technology was developed using advanced materials science, taking high energy materials and encapsulating them using a nanostructuring technique called coaxial electrospraying.

“We have developed new micro-beads that can be used in an existing gasoline or petrol vehicle to replace oil-based fuels,” said Voller. “Early indications are that the micro-beads can be used in existing vehicles without engine modification.”

“The materials are hydrogen-based, and so when used produce no carbon emissions at the point of use, in a similar way to electric vehicles”, said Voller.

The technology has been developed over a four-year top secret programme at the prestigious Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, UK.

The development team is led by Professor Stephen Bennington in collaboration with scientists from University College London and Oxford University.

Professor Bennington, Chief Scientific Officer at Cella Energy said, “our technology is based on materials called complex hydrides that contain hydrogen. When encapsulated using our unique patented process, they are safer to handle than regular gasoline.”
Of course I'm skeptical. That's my nature. And as excited as I am about shutting down all dollars and reason for humanity to stay in the desert that we call the Middle East - that $1.50 gasoline will still be hovering close to $5.00 a gallon when the politicians get their taxing hands on it. Europe and in the US.

And upon further review - the company's website; their claims are not nearly so optimistic as the ones in this article. Here

Still, this really could be a game changer for humanity.

1 comment:

Michichael said...

Is it sad that I'm not excited about this? Because big oil will make sure this never comes to market. It'll have some "flaw" that stops EPA approval. Coincidental huge donations and lobbying by oil companies are unrelated.