An Argentinian university, it has been reported, has developed a motorcycle that can run in salt water.
La Moto Argentina reported that an Argentinian student has developed a motorcycle that can only run on salt water, without fuel, as part of a university project.
Santiago Hernandez is studying chemistry at university, and upon learning about electrolysis he had the idea that it could be used to produce propulsion for a vehicle.
Electrolysis is the process by which an ionic compound – an ion being an atom with a non-neutral charge – is broken down into its constituent parts using direct current (DC).
Commercially, electrolysis can be used to create chemicals; or extracting and refining metals among others. But, it would definitely be a next step to use it to power a motorcycle.
That has been Hernandez’s goal, however. Speaking to La Moto Argentina, he said: “We need people in the world who are innovating and who people support.” About his project, he added: “It would require structural modifications, especially with equipment similar to that of compressed natural gas (CNG).
The title of Hernandez’s project is “Un Paso Verde de la Vez”, which translates to “One green step at a time”. Certainly, if it became possible to commercialize this, it would be a rather important green step.
Currently, reports La Moto Argentina, “the prototype uses a glass jar replacing the fuel tank, in which dirty water or seawater is loaded and which powers the electronic system to drive the rear wheel through a chain.” In its current form, the glass jar is at risk of exploding, so Hernandez recommends the use of CNG equipment.
Herrera said that if he hit 10,000 followers on his TikTok (santyherrera01), he would create a video tutorial on how to build a similar system, so people can try it out for themselves at home.
Main image courtesy of La Moto Argentina.