Doha institute develops hybrid car
Doha, November 29, 2012
Doha-based Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) has unveiled an innovative low-emission hybrid concept car in Doha at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP18).
Designed and developed in Qatar, the engine captures thermal waste energy that is utilised to generate electric energy to run hydrogen fuel cells using the potable water as a source for the gas, said a statement.
The fuel cell is powered primarily by a thermoelectric generator which recovers heat from exhaust-gases and is aided by a thin film photo-voltaic on the sunroof. Preliminary studies have demonstrated decreased vehicle pollutant emissions such as carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrous oxide (NOX) by more than 50 per cent.
Dr Yousef Al Horr, chairman, GORD, said: “The hybrid concept that is fully designed, built and installed in Qatar, is a landmark achievement and testament to GORD’s alignment with Qatar National Vision 2030. This indigenous product demonstrates Qatar’s capability to reduce environmental impact and to make a contribution to sustainable development.”
Any car can be adapted to accommodate the system as it doesn’t alter any electro-mechanical systems. As per initial test results, fuel consumption was reduced by more than 20 per cent. Design improvements are underway to further reduce the fuel consumption, the statement said.
Commenting on the differences between GORD’s eco-hybrid concept and other hydrogen-powered cars by leading automobile manufacturers, Dr Al Horr said: “Our car produces electricity at no cost by capturing thermal waste energy, reducing costs and eliminating the need for an external source of electricity. Also, bulky compressed-hydrogen cylinders are a thing of the past, as our concept accomplishes the production of hydrogen by using water through fuel cells integrated within the car.”
Led by one of GORD’S centres of excellence, GORD Institute, the concept has been designed by a team of experts led by Dr Esam Elsarrag, director for research and development.
The system can be used with gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG) based engines.
GORD Institute is the research hub of the organisation, established to advance human knowledge and investigate new approaches to achieve enhanced sustainability in the built environment. – TradeArabia News Service