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Jason California
06-14-2008, 12:28 AM
Genepax Unveils a Car That Runs on Water and Air (http://gizmodo.com/5016343/genepax-unveils-a-car-that-runs-on-water-and-air)

http://gizmodo.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2008/06/genepax-water-powered-car.jpgRunning a car on water has been the holy grail for car manufacturers for some time now (http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/water+powered-cars-by-2009-maybe-192539.php), but it appears that a Japanese company named Genepax may have pulled ahead of the competition with a prototype vehicle that runs entirely on water and air. Their new "Water Energy System (http://gizmodo.com/tag/water-energy-system/) (WES)," generates power by supplying water and air to the fuel and air electrodes using a proprietary technology called the Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA). The secret behind MEA is a special material that is capable of breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen through a chemical reaction.






Not surprisingly, Genenpax has kept the exact details of their technology under wraps, but they did say that their new process, while based on existing technology, is expected to produce hydrogen from water for longer time than any method currently available. Furthermore, WES does not require a hydrogen reformer, a high-pressure hydrogen tank, or any special catalysts to get the job done. During a recent conference, Genepax unveiled a fuel cell (http://gizmodo.com/tag/fuel-cell/) stack with a rated output of 120W and a fuel cell system with a rated output of 300W—and there are plans for a 1kw-class generation system for use in both electric vehicles and houses sometime in the future. At this point, the cost of production on the water-powered vehicle engine itself is around about ¥2,000,000 (US$18,522), but they hope to drop the price to ¥500,000 (US$4600) or less if they succeed in bringing it into mass production.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jivb7lupDNU

Corwin: Bear Fighter
06-14-2008, 01:32 AM
I bet the secret is dead orphans.

Ashwin Pande
06-14-2008, 01:43 AM
and Shell, U.S. Oil and all of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are going to have everyone involved in this project killed.

NATE!
06-14-2008, 01:46 AM
and Shell, U.S. Oil and all of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are going to have everyone involved in this project killed.

Not with all the ninjas in Japan they won't.

NATE!
06-14-2008, 01:49 AM
Oh, and this comment on the YouTube page is hilarious:


This is a bad idea. First we used oil until it's about to run out, so then we have high oil pricess. Now were planning on using water, which we NEED TO LIVE!!!!!, and then in the long run water prices will go up! Alot of people will say that increasing water prices will matter in the long run, but look at what happened with oil. we used it up so much, the long run is here and a gallon of 87 regular is at 4.65 in California and 91 is at 5.05!!! come on people, ever heard of bikes?

Ashwin Pande
06-14-2008, 01:54 AM
Oh, and this comment on the YouTube page is hilarious:

But you have to see the bigger picture maaaaaaan...

Once we have cars that consume oxygen and produce only carbon dioxide as exhaust humans will become redundant and the plants will form a symbiotic relationship with the cars! Once the cars gain sentience, which they obviously will, they'll consume all the water and air to wipe out the human race so they can live happily with the plants!!

They'll wipe us out maaaaan!! They'll wipe us all ouuttttttt!!!

mike black
06-14-2008, 04:49 AM
Oh, and this comment on the YouTube page is hilarious:

:nonono2:

Greenville 90210
06-14-2008, 12:48 PM
Wow.

I fully expect this to go nowhere though. Japan might produce it but I doubt we'll have any until its too late.

Kody
06-14-2008, 12:52 PM
So technically the car is running on hydrogen, not water.

The car just has a system to separate the hydrogen from the oxygen before using it for fuel.

Thommy Melanson
06-14-2008, 12:53 PM
But will it run on the road?

Greenville 90210
06-14-2008, 12:54 PM
So technically the car is running on hydrogen, not water.

The car just has a system to separate the hydrogen from the oxygen before using it for fuel.

You say that like its nothing new.

copypastepuke
06-14-2008, 12:57 PM
i like bikes and that comment is stupendously stupid

TRILL, THE CARBON BASED LIFEFORM
06-14-2008, 01:14 PM
Aren't there already water shortages in parts of the world, and more projected to crop up as the planet gets warmer?

Foolish Mortal
06-14-2008, 01:15 PM
That's great and all, but it can't beat the steak and cheddar ciabatta burger. :no:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=660tnI7e6gs

Bill Nolan
06-14-2008, 01:18 PM
Aren't there already water shortages in parts of the world, and more projected to crop up as the planet gets warmer?

As they say in the video, it runs on salt water, too, not just fresh water. There's a lot of that.

NickT
06-14-2008, 01:19 PM
http://gizmodo.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2008/06/genepax-water-powered-car.jpg



Could they make it not look crappy? :)

JoeE
06-14-2008, 01:30 PM
Probably just another badly-reported perpetual motion machine.

Foolish Mortal
06-14-2008, 01:31 PM
http://gizmodo.com/assets/images/gizmodo/2008/06/genepax-water-powered-car.jpg



Could they make it not look crappy? :)
Looks kinda like something you'd drive in a Mario Kart game. :lol:

NATE!
06-14-2008, 01:45 PM
Looks kinda like something you'd drive in a Mario Kart game. :lol:

Bitch, bitch, bitch. :)

Bill Nolan
06-14-2008, 01:56 PM
It looks more to me like a car designed by Nick Park, but the smile has been covered up by the license plate. It also looks like the perfect car to be driving in Tokyo or any other cramped urban area.

NickT
06-14-2008, 02:17 PM
Looks kinda like something you'd drive in a Mario Kart game. :lol:
Looks to me like a car powered by pulling it back and then letting it go :)

Boris the Blade
06-14-2008, 02:30 PM
I bet the secret is dead orphans.
Worth it.

Bill Nolan
06-14-2008, 02:30 PM
Looks to me like a car powered by pulling it back and then letting it go :)

I think you just solved the world's energy crisis! :eek:

NickT
06-14-2008, 02:53 PM
I think you just solved the world's energy crisis! :eek:
Two problems:

1 - No stopping.

2 - Someone has to get out the car and then get left behind as the car leaves. But hey, sacrifices must be made.

Magnum V.I.
06-14-2008, 03:18 PM
Aren't there already water shortages in parts of the world, and more projected to crop up as the planet gets warmer?

According to some NPR thing I listened to yesterday there is supposedly going to be no Clean Drinking Water for 75% of the world by 2025 because our growth and expansion keeps fucking up the water table. We pump water away from it's natural resource, etc.

very interesting program.

here is there website.

www.foodandwaterwatch.org

Greenville 90210
06-15-2008, 10:16 AM
I can't wait for hummers that run on bottled water!