Zero Hedge: Chinese Company Offers Hydrogen-Powered Car Using Water as Fuel PLUS US Company Offering Electricity from Water

05 Energy, 12 Water, Earth Intelligence

Chinese Company Claims Its Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Can Travel 500km Using Only Water As Fuel

A car company in Central China has claimed that it has built a hydrogen powered vehicle that’s capable of traveling up to 500km using only water as power, according to the South China Morning Post.

The vehicle was made by Qingnian Cars in Henan province and made its first drive on Wednesday of last week when local Communist Party chiefs visited the plant. The vehicle has reportedly not been tested over longer distances, but Ping Qingnian, the company’s CEO, said that it could go 300 to 500km using 300 to 400 liters of water as fuel.

Qingnian said: “The cost [of research and development] is a trade secret that I cannot reveal. We achieved this at a low cost, this is our company’s technology.”

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Koko: Community Water Sovereignty & Planet Local

12 Water, Civil Society, Earth Intelligence
Koko

Community Water Sovereignty and Planet Local

In this update, we ask: How can communities take control of their own water supplies and achieve ‘water sovereignty’? Just how circular is the much-talked-about ‘circular economy’? And is there a substantive difference between the Leave and Remain camps when it comes to Brexit? Plus, Helena Norberg-Hodge makes a passionate case for local food and local economies in a new article and TV interview, and we speak with the Post Growth Institute’s Jennifer Hinton about the role of not-for-profit businesses in the economy of the future.

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Berto Jongman: Water Wars (Comment by Robert Steele on Open Source Water)

12 Water, Earth Intelligence, Peace Intelligence
Berto Jongman

Where will the ‘water wars’ of the future be fought?

A new paper paints a disturbing picture of a nearby future where people are fighting over access to water. These post-apocalyptic-sounding “water wars” could rise as a result of climate change and population growth and could become real soon enough if we don’t take steps to prevent them.

The study, which comes from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), says that the effects of climate change will be combined with an ever-increasing number of people to trigger intense competition for increasingly scarce resources. This can lead to regional instability and social unrest.

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Yoda: Water Desalination Breakthrough

12 Water, Earth Intelligence

Desalination Breakthrough: Saving the Sea from Salt

A chemist finds a way to cut supersalty discharge and CO2 as the Middle East relies ever more on seawater desalination

Benyahia has simplified the process in part by aiming for sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) rather than sodium carbonate, thus reducing the needed chemical conversion steps to just two. In the presence of ammonia he reacts pure carbon dioxide with the waste brine from desalination, creating solid baking soda and ammonium chloride solution. In a second step he reacts the ammonium chloride solution with calcium oxide to produce calcium chloride solution and ammonia gas. Recovering the ammonia allows him to reuse it in the first step, reducing the cost of the process.

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