still remember the DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future II (Universal Pictures, 1985)? it had a Fusion reactor that ran on trash? looks like we are one step closer to that reality of using trash to power our vehicles, except that this particular RC car here feeds on aluminum pull-rings from our everyday drink cans or just any aluminum waste that are small enough to fit into the fuel tank. dubbed the dAIH2Orean, this RC car is not your run-of-the-mill radio controlled car, it is modified to run on aluminum soda ring cans, or aluminum residual parts mixed with hydroxide of sodium dissolved in water.
the chemical reaction of the aluminum waste with the domestic sodium hydroxide feeds the fuel cell that produces the energy for the RC car without generating any CO2 emission. don’t belittle this little ‘mini DeLorean’ as it is capable of a top speed of 30 km/h for a per charge of 40 minutes. the dAIH2Orean is developed by student Aleix Llovet led by professor Xavier Salueña of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, BarcelonaTech. dAIH2Orean is part of the project called ‘Aluminum’ which aims to produce a 5 hp and microcars with 5-60 hp using aluminum as the main fuel.
this is certainly an exciting news which will make Mother Earth smile. it is a good start for a truly sustainable energy which could make hydrogen fuel cells a much more viable option than current proposed alternatives. i certainly hope we will hear more developments from the team and also hope this is not going to be an excuse to down more beers while the team is carrying their research. nah, i am just kidding. on the final note, no, time traveling is still available yet.