Normally we are used to hearing that the future of vehicles goes through two possible aspects: on the one hand, electric vehicles and on the other those that incorporate a hydrogen battery or similar. The former, to a greater or lesser extent, are a reality while the latter are still in the early stages of development. But, what about a fuel cell that can work with the products we already have at gas stations? That is the proposal of Ceres Power for its SteelCell.
Steel Cell has been developed by the British company Ceres Power and, after the first investigations, now start the necessary steps to make this technology is economical, scalable and usable in a simple way. In fact, major brands of the automotive industry such as Honda or Nissan have already signed agreements with them to help in the development of these systems and be able to implement them to their vehicles in the coming years.
The new technology of Steel Cell works like a traditional fuel cell but, in this case, instead of using hydrogen as an energy source, it can use any type of hydrocarbon-based fuel (ie, derived from petroleum), such as gasoline, diesel, CNG, LPG or even bioethanol. From them, the fuel cell transforms the fuel into electricity with the advantage that emissions are extremely low compared to a traditional combustion engine.