Croatian sports automaker Rimac is exploring an innovative technology known as “The Nanotube,” which could serve as a Nanotube electricity innovation. It has a significant electrical power source for car engines, as reported by dpa. Years ago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers developed a method utilizing fine carbon particles that generate electricity through interaction with surrounding fluid.
These engineers explain that an organic solvent serves as the fluid, extracting electrons from carbon particles to create an electric current. This current can enhance chemical interactions or power small robots. The technology involves boil-resistant fuel liquids coating “hollow tubes” made of a lattice of carbon atoms with unique electrical properties, as per an MIT approach.
If successfully tested on a larger scale, this technology has the potential to replace bulky battery packs as an alternative fuel source in existing electric or hydrogen vehicles. Rimac suggests that petroleum gas, hydrogen, and diesel could be viable fuel options for this new method of electricity generation.
Currently, Rimac collaborates with a startup to conduct tests on nanotube electricity innovation, achieving an impressive 80% fuel efficiency for small-scale electricity generation. However, it’s important to note that the drawback of this technology lies in its CO2 emissions, making it incompatible with the zero-emissions vehicle goals pursued by many governments and automakers.
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