A small Portuguese company is launching a new, affordable device which it says will reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption and benefit the environment.
“My taxi consumes one litre less fuel per 100 kilometres and exhaust emissions are cut too. I’m happy because it’s both environmentally-friendly and allows me to reduce my fuel consumption,” says Lisbon taxi driver Carlos Manuel Trindade Diniz.
The device, called “Ultimate Cell”, is connected to the car’s electrical system and uses the energy produced by the battery. Manufacturers claim that using it can lead to a drop in fuel consumption of up to 30% and reduce exhaust emissions by up to 65%. Moreover, it is compatible with almost every kind of engine, including diesel, gasoline, biodiesel and GPL.
How does it work?
When the engine starts, the device initiates an electronically controlled electrolysis process, resulting in the chemical separation of the hydrogen molecules that will be fed into the engine’s air intake.
The hydrogen goes into the engine’s combustion chamber, along with the air, and mixes with the fuel, reducing the amount of fuel needed.
“With this kind of technology – these small bubbles of hydrogen injected into the inlet – the combustion process is much more complete, giving the car more power, so it can go further with the same amount of fuel, which means users consume up to 30% less fuel,” says electrical engineer Jose Tribolet, who has studied the system.
All the units are tested before being put onto the market.
“This technological approach is based on hydrogen. Hydrogen technology has been explored over many years, but always using hydrogen as fuel. That’s not the idea here. This device is simple. It does not require pressurized tanks, storing large amounts of hydrogen, or large investments. This is a small investment for the consumer,” says Professor Tribolet.
A number of fishing boats, which normally have very high fuel costs, have also been equipped with the device. An average fishing vessel uses an estimated 140 litres of diesel per hour. Those using the Ultimate Cell device have noted a 20 per cent drop in fuel consumption.
And lorry drivers using the device say they, too, have noticed an improvement in engine performance and efficiency, leading to a smoother and quieter driving experience.
After the device hit the market early this year, some 5,000 units have so far been sold at a cost of around 300 euros a piece. Each unit will last about 70,000 km, after which it will need to be recharged.