2050 Motors Introduces Hydrogen-Rich Alcohol Fuel (HRAS) Technology to U.S. Market

By CIOReview | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV: As an attempt to find an alternate to the almost-exhausted petroleum fuel, 2050 Motors has taken initiative to introduce Hydrogen-Rich Alcohol Fuel (HRAS) technology to the US Automobile Industry. The HRAS system uses a proprietary catalyst in the fuel along with a patented conversion device that consumes 70 percent Methanol (or Ethanol) and 30 percent Water.

2050 Motors is in the process of transforming a new Honda Fit automobile for being certified on the technology at a US certified test facility.  

 Already widely incorporated in taxi fleets of China where the technology was developed and methanol is sold for $1.35 USD per gallon; it is considered highly fuel efficient. The conversion of part of the methanol/water fuel to hydrogen generated by the special catalyst and waste heat from the exhaust system, results in the same fuel mileage as with the gasoline vehicles.

Higher compression ratios increase efficiency because more air is being combusted and there is a bigger volume in the expansion chamber for hot gasses to release their energy. Present automobile engines have lower efficiencies whereas the cooling effect of methanol comes with higher compression ratios exceeding normal diesel engines. R&D teams of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have approved this fact. Their capabilities include: more powerful engines per cylinder displacement volume; extremely low emissions; and lower fuel costs.

It is not tough to oversee the future of methanol to be a reliable fuel. 2050 Motors has stepped in to change the rule of petroleum products and bring in HRAS technology to U.S. market. The company stresses on the concept that hydrogen is not an energy source but an energy carrier through the HRAS technology. Methanol has greater chances of being a new fuel of choice in the United States very soon for several reasons like:

  1. Methanol is currently extracted from natural gas; US has greatest reserves and existing supplies of natural gas in the world. Analysts predict that natural gas prices remain unchanged at least till 2030.
  2. Methanol burns cleaner when compared to gasoline or diesel and reduces emissions significantly.
  3. There are many sources to produce methanol like natural gas, landfill gas, biogas and coal. It can be treated as renewable energy source as it can also be extracted from farm waste, wood chips or any other suitable agricultural or municipal waste material.
  4. Liquid methanol can be transported through existing petroleum distribution.
  5. Chemical production pathway for methanol is fully developed and need commercial plants in operation.

A modified internal combustion engine is first started with the methanol-water-hydrogen fuel mixture.