Metal powder, or alternative to fossil fuels [abstract] scientists try to use with fine white powder or fine metal particles to drive about the size of powdered sugar external combustion, can prove that iron powder fuel engine can achieve almost zero emissions, will lead to more innovation, will further reduce the cost.
Metal powder may solve the problem of human energy
Can you imagine the future instead of "drink" gasoline engine "eat" iron powder?Canada's McGill university researchers and a
Europeanspace Bureau of thescience Home to put forward a new
concept -- with fine white powder or fine metal particles to drive about the size of powdered sugar external combustion.Compared with
hydrogen,biological Fuel or batteries, such as metal powder is expected to become more long-term alternative to fossil fuel solution.
External combustion is the modern version of the steam engine, the industrial age for coal is widely used in nuclear power plant, coal or biomass power plants.Burning metal powder is also very common, such as fireworks brilliant color is from a variety of metal powder, add and shuttle rocket propellant.
McGill university website 9 press communique said that the school of mechanical engineering professor Jeffrey katzenberg sol, lead the team to put forward the idea of using the important characteristic of the metal powder: combustion generated when the stability of the nontoxic solid oxide product, relatively easy to recycle, and fossil fuel emissions of carbon dioxide and escape into the atmosphere.
They use a custom burner to prove, fine metal particles suspended in the air when burning flame stability.According to their forecast, metal powder driving engine of energy and power density with internal combustion engine is very close to the current fossil fuels, is expected to be build future low carbon society an attractive technology.And iron as the main candidate.Metallurgy, chemical industry, electron, etc., produce millions of tons of iron powder.Recycling technology has very mature,
and some novel techniques can also avoid the use of coal production iron caused by the traditional way of carbon dioxide emissions.
Berg, sol, 'said the next step they will build a prototype burner, connect to a heat engine, striving to laboratory achievements into practical technology.
Involved in the research of the European space agency (esa), head of the strategic and emerging technologies, David jarvis said that is research and development in the technologyspaceTo use the new
propulsion system and the earth opened the door.If can prove that iron powder fuel engine can achieve almost zero emissions, will lead to more innovation, will further reduce the cost.