In Argentina, an 18-year-old student succeeded in creating a motorbike capable of running on salt water as fuel. A promising and ecological innovation.
Santiago Herrera is a young student living in Argentina. Aged 18, he was taking part in a chemistry class when his teacher talked about how electrolysis works. Electrolysis separates the elements of a compound using electricity and is generally used to separate water molecules.
As part of a school project, Santiago Herrera was inspired by this method to design a motorcycle capable of operating in salt water. Entitled “One green step at a time”, the Santiago project is very innovative and ecological.
“My project consists of using salt water or sea water to carry out electrolysis by separating the molecules of hydrogen and oxygen ,” he explained. What we use as fuel is hydrogen, which has high volatility compared to fossil fuels. »
A motorcycle that runs on salt water
Santiago’s invention is still at the project stage, but the student has already managed to create a first working prototype . Since the young man did everything with his own savings, he had no choice but to use glass to make the tank of the motorcycle. However, this material could be dangerous because it could explode.
“In the future, the motorcycle will have a tank that can withstand much more gas pressure and will have an injector directly in the cylinder, to better control the expansion of the motorcycle’s tank,” Santiago detailed .
If the Santiago project were developed on a large scale, it would completely transform the automotive industry. Indeed, using salt water through the electrolysis process to power vehicle engines would be much more environmentally friendly than using oil. An innovative and promising idea for the future.