Cheer up, petrol at Rs 14 a litre

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  1. EagleOne

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    London: British scientists have developed a low-cost and environment-friendly “artificial petrol” which may cost around Rs. 14 a litre and could be available at pumps in as early as three years.

    The scientists who are refining the recipe for the new hydrogen-based fuel said it will run in existing cars and engines at the fraction of the cost of conventional petrol.

    The "artificial petrol" is expected to cost around $1.50 a gallon or 19 pence (about Rs. 14) a litre.

    With hydrogen at its heart rather than carbon, it will not produce any harmful emissions when burnt, making it better for the environment, as well as easier on the wallet, the Daily Mail reported.

    Professor Stephen Bennington, who led the team involved in the project, said: "In some senses, hydrogen is the perfect fuel. It has three times more energy than petrol per unit of weight, and when it burns, it produces nothing but water.

    "Our new hydrogen storage materials offer real potential for running cars, planes and other vehicles that currently use hydrocarbons."

    According to the report, the first road tests are due next year and, if all goes well, the cut-price "petrol" could be on sale in three to five years.

    Energy from hydrogen can be harnessed by burning the gas or combining it with oxygen in a fuel cell to produce electricity. But current methods of storing hydrogen are expensive and not very safe.

    To get round this, the team from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Oxford, University College London and Oxford University has found a way of densely packing hydrogen into tiny beads that can be poured or pumped like a liquid.

    Stephen Volker of Cellar Energy, which is developing the technology, said: "We have developed micro-beads that can be used in an existing gasoline or petrol vehicle to replace oil-based fuels.

    "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."

    The scientists also noted that a tank full of the artificial petrol, which has yet to be given a brand name, is expected to last 300 to 400 miles, in line with conventional fuel.
    :peace:

    http://news.in.msn.com/business/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4869907
     
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    warriorextreme Senior Member Senior Member

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    there was also news a few years back from india about jatropa seeds which are petrocrops and can be used to make petrol.
    what happened to that?
     
  4. EagleOne

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    jatropa seeds- diesel not petrol
     
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    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    ^^ Diesel is not too bad either. No more cleaning the spark plugs. :becky:

    Albeit, diesel engines tend to be heavier.
     
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    ok
    but what happened with that?
    we can reduce our oil imports if we invest in jatropha farms.
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Add 100% import duty, 30% sales tax, excise duty, entry tax and boom, we will end up paying the same for this as well.
     
  8. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    When it is a reality, wake me up.

    I will feel my pocket and see if that much is still left!
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    In Singapore, the tax is higher for diesel vehicles.

    Sensible people.

    Diesel is protected in India because of the trucks ferrying essentials, but it could be that it is also for the rich and the politician goons, who use SUVs.
     
  10. EagleOne

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    The fuel is expected to cost around $1.50 a gallon, or 19p a litre. Even with fuel taxes, the forecourt price is likely to be around 60p a litre – less than half the current cost.
    That would bring the price of filling a 70-litre Ford Mondeo down to around £42.
    Energy from hydrogen can be harnessed by burning the gas or combining it with oxygen in a fuel cell to produce electricity.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...p-GALLON-run-existing-cars.html#ixzz1Cmpn2ZCK

    :lol: ur are right
    only advantage is no carbon emission
     
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  11. Rahul92

    Rahul92 Senior Member Senior Member

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    same day after 3 years artificial petrol actual price 14 + central govt tax 300 + state govt tax 196 = Total 500
     
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    prahladh Respected Member

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    If its artificial then we can just buy the technology and produce it locally.
     
  13. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    We should be looking for greener ways to power our vehicles. It would be cheaper in the long run aswell.
     
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    Patent and royalty?? infra to set it up?
    i was actually commenting on the way all governments tax energy sources.
     
  15. Iamanidiot

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    Diesel from Jatropha seeds is too expensive
     

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