Nissan has announced its research on the world's first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC) that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.
SOFC is a fuel that uses the energy from the reaction of multiple fuel cells, including ethanol, natural gas, and oxygen to produce at high efficiency.
The "e-Bio" fuel cell generates electricity with the help of SOFC power generator using ethanol stored in the vehicle.
The e-Bio fuel cell uses hydrogen formed from the fuel via a reformer using oxygen to trigger a chemical reaction producing electricity to run the vehicle.
Also, the e-Bio fuel featuring SOFC should be affordable compared to the conventional systems and the range is an estimated 600kms.
Usually, when a fuel-cell system generates power, CO2 is emitted, but it is only with the bio-ethanol fuel cell the CO2 emissions are neutralised.
The e-Bio fuel is expected to be more user-friendly than the conventional systems since ethanol-blended water used as fuel is as safe as your party beverage.