A Convoy Of Autonomous Trucks Successfully Complete Journey Across Europe


The Netherlands started the experiment to find ways to save fuel and lower carbon emissions. Two trucks traveling 160,000 kilometers (100,000 miles) could save 6,000 (approximately 6800 USD).

Hybrid system could cut coal-plant emissions in half

MIT News

The key is combining into a single system two well-known technologies: coal gasification and fuel cells. The heat leads to chemical reactions that release gases from the coal particles -- mainly carbon monoxide and hydrogen, both of which can produce electricity in a solid oxide fuel cell. In the fuel cell, a membrane separates the carbon monoxide and hydrogen from the oxygen, promoting an electrochemical reaction that generates electricity without burning the fuel. In comparison, the proposed combined gasification and fuel cell system could achieve efficiencies as high as 55 to 60 percent, Ong says, according to the simulations.