A new marine engine that’s been developed by scientists at the University of Queensland could power future ships and vessels for years to come.
Key points:Engine could power ships for up to 60 yearsThe research could provide the technology needed for future vesselsThe research has been published in a scientific journal, but the University has not yet announced a dateThe research is focused on using a single polymer compound, which researchers have dubbed M1, to form a fuel matrix that’s very similar to the fuel matrix found in seawater.
“We think the fuel would last for hundreds of years in a liquid environment and could also be used for power generation,” Professor Simon Leong said.
“The main advantage is that we are not going to need to build massive amounts of fuel to power these ships, which would be prohibitively expensive.”
Dr Leong and his colleagues have spent the past two years researching the use of M1 to produce the polymer compound.
“What we’ve found is that M1 is an excellent polymer to make fuel, but there are many other compounds that could be used as a fuel,” he said.
Dr Leung said the material has been studied extensively in the lab, and is a good candidate for the use in future vessels.
“There are many compounds that have a great potential for fuel, like titanium dioxide and carbon dioxide, and we can use those as fuel in a fuel cell,” he explained.
“It’s not the first time that these materials have been used in this way, but they’ve been very small scale and very expensive.”
With this technology, it’s possible that we can make a huge amount of fuel in the next decade or so.
“Dr Simon Leung is the lead researcher on the new fuel.
Key facts:The research involves using M1 polymer compound as a catalyst to produce fuel.
In the lab the polymer was found to be the ideal fuel matrix for fuel cells.
Dr Simon and his team have developed the material using a simple, inexpensive method known as electron beam diffraction, which involves combining two atoms of an existing polymer compound to create a second compound.
They found the new polymer compound was strong enough to handle the energy needed to create M1.”
This is a material that has been in the public domain for a long time,” Dr Leong told ABC News.”
Our aim is to be able to use it in future ships to convert fuel into electricity.
“Dr Lee said M1 could be adapted to create an additional polymer compound in the near future, such as a polymer that was already known to have properties for fuel conversion.”
One of the key properties of M2 is its ability to hold the fuel in place while it’s being processed, and this is what we’ve done with M1,” he added.”
M1 is quite a good material to make these fuels, so we are now working on making these compounds as an alternative to M1.”‘
We want to be on the cutting edge of the fuel cycle’The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has been working to develop a polymer compound that is the basis for a fuel that can be used to convert hydrogen to oxygen.
The technology is known as “high-performance polymer fuel”, which converts hydrogen into oxygen by converting the fuel’s carbon atoms to oxygen, which is the fuel molecule’s main chemical building block.
It has been developed as a way to create fuel cells that can take hydrogen from seawater, which has a high hydrogen content.”
In the future, we want to have a fuel where we can take this fuel from seaweed, and convert it into electricity and hydrogen, and the hydrogen can be stored in batteries,” Dr Lee said.’
High-performance fuel’ could be made from M1 fuel.”
Now we’ve been working on a very basic method that’s able to produce hydrogen from a compound that has no oxygen, and there’s a lot of other possibilities we’re exploring.”‘
It’s very exciting’The research will provide an alternative fuel to the current petroleum-based hydrogen fuel cells used in commercial ships.”
For this type of fuel, we have to be very careful about how we’re using it because it can produce a very different chemical signature than what we need,” Dr Lam said.
But, he added, it would be a much better alternative to using conventional petroleum-derived hydrogen cells.”
Because of this difference, you need to be mindful that you are not taking up much of the hydrogen that would otherwise be stored,” he told ABC Australia.”
That’s why you need a fuel with a very high hydrogen level.”‘
Very exciting’Future ships could also use M1 and the polymer fuel as a new source of fuel.
Dr Lam said it was a good way to convert a fuel to a liquid, and a great way to make hydrogen from other materials.”
As you go up the food chain, you have these really interesting compounds that can provide a lot more energy in the