Revisiting our need for alternate energy sources

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Our civilization is advancing with each passing day in terms of technology and energy consumption. The world is hungrier for energy today that it was ever before. With depleting fossil fuels and hazardous nuclear-based energy sources losing its shine, it’s time to seek out for the newer source of energy. Let us explore how and why it is necessary to take a step forward before it’s too late starting with solving our automotive problems which take up a major share of energy. This article is written based on the insights given by Deepak Hebbur, Co-founder, Skillfinity Technologies.

Automotive adaptations

Deepak Hebbur, Founder, Skillfinity

Currently, fossil fuel is facing depletion at a much faster rate than predicted. Our reliance on the fossil fuels is on the verge of an imminent end within this century as predicted by scientists. Before it becomes a fact that we will live to see, our scientists are mobilizing on using alternate sources of energy. This winner who gets to try would clearly be the automotive sector. Today larger corporations are working out ways to make affordable electric hybrid cars; cars that would run on both fuel and electricity and perhaps electricity alone. “It is relevant since electrical powered cars could be our long-term solution to replacing fossil fuel as fossil fuels could be damage the ecosystem. Electrical vehicles make more sense as it is a matter of time that they will replace the existing ones,” says Deepak Hebbur, founder, Skillfinity.

Not an easy implementation

Electrical vehicles look simplex than the traditional motorized vehicles. Traditional vehicles do come off assembly lines and in some time so will electric vehicles or perhaps hybrid with hydrogen fuel cells too.

Adding a tremendous impact to this is the Internet of Things.  Internet of things is helping us learn how these new vehicles behave compared to old ones in efficiency and efficacy. All that said electric driven today need a huge infrastructure and expertise. Starting from is the charging stations that are not so common today. Petrol or diesel driven vehicles could be gassed at any corner of the globe. With IoT in hand, the emphasis is to be paid in the amount of electricity used, current battery status and tracking where the next power station is to charge for our unending travel journeys. Dashboard based IoT info systems can assist in this operation. This could be the third wave of automotive advancement post steam and fossil fuels.

Hydrogen as fuel

Hydrogen is to be found in abundance. It could be generated by splitting water and isolating hydrogen into cells. This sounds theoretically easy but practically it is not. “Unfortunately, there is no breakthrough because of safety concerns. Hydrogen is highly flammable. Securing it in a container without leakage and keeping it stable for sustained usage seems to be a challenge today. Soon it will be overcome,” says Deepak

What about the existing ones?

The properties of fossil fuel make them very reliable for storage, efficiency and sustained energy output could be attained.  “It’s a matter of time to handle hydrogen based hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. It’s abundantly available. It’s a big challenge,” says Deepak. According to experts, tweaking these machines would not be cost effective but a cost-plus as converting petroleum-based engines to run on natural gas can cost you from changing the intake to the whole engine design and structure to give expected throughput.

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To know more, attend panel moderated by Deepak Hebbur on “OIL vs HYDROGEN FUEL CELL vs ELECTRIC DRIVES at EFY Conferences 2018

 

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