Originally Posted by Jim Cate
So, I'm still confused: what is the energy source? What is "Hydrofuel"? Seems likely that it is some liquid hydrocarbon... something like alcohol or diesel fuel
Perhaps some more fine tuning of the technology, or detuning of the profit margin is required before this system becomes attractive for the average cruiser.
Confused as well. The web site calls the fuel a "salt" but obviously not table salt
IE sodium chloride. Chemically a salt
is a broad class of chemicals, ionic compounds that are produced by reacting an acid and a base. They could be organic salts or inorganic salts. The website mentions that dissolving whatever salt they use in water
is exothermic (produces heat) so not table salt which does not react this way.
A fuel cell
, somewhat like a battery
, produces electricity from a chemical reaction. The difference is a fuel cell needs a supply of fuel, most commonly methanol or methane. Do not know the exact method but as I recall
, the methane or methanol somehow contributes hydrogen that reacts with oxygen to produce the electricity.
So if the Hydromax is using some kind of salt as fuel it is obviously a very different reaction than the typical fuel cell.