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Qatar unveils low-emission hybrid car
By AFP - Nov 28,2012 - Last updated at Nov 28,2012
DOHA — A Qatari research centre unveiled a low-emission and low-fuel-consumption hybrid car Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN climate talks taking place in the gas-rich country, it said in a statement.
“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,” the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) said in a statement.
A thermoelectric generator uses a thin photovoltaic film to recover heat from exhaust gases in order to power the fuel cell.
This system reduces pollutant emissions by more than 50 per cent, according to the developers, while “design improvements are under way to further reduce fuel consumption”.
“Any car can be adapted to accommodate the system as it doesn’t alter any electro-mechanical systems,” it 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,” said GORD chairman Yousef Al Horr in the statement.
“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,” said Horr.
According to developers, the new system can be used with gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG) engines.
GORD is a non-profit governmental research subsidiary of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company.
Qatar, the world’s biggest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases, is hosting the 12-day meeting in Doha to combat climate change.
Japanese auto giant Toyota on Wednesday revealed the exterior design and Japan pricing of its hydrogen fuel cell sedan, first unveiled as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.
In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Now, the Japanese firm is trying to do the same with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction.
Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar is to be named the new emir of the gas-rich Gulf state, a palace statement announced on Monday.
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