Energy from the air: Tata under “pressure”

TATA Motors compressed air MDI vehiclesWe hardly could find a cleaner, greener energy resource as the air around us. We could just drive our car with it, but what about the compromises?

The story of the compressed air cars are the same age as that of the combustion engines, moreover in those days the dominance of the latter wasn't so obvious. Then with the development of the mobility the rate will be shifted to the direction of smog production, at the same time the air driven appliances are in lots of fields of life present so far. Let's just think on that typical buzzing sound which can be heard in the tyre workshops.

TATA Motors compressed air MDI vehicles

In India the time has come in the recent past – exactly in 2007 –to reroute the compressed air driven, so therefore significantly environmentally friendly vehicles. Through the cooperation of the Tata Motors and the French Motor Development developing company that engine conception is ready by now which is already built in two Tata vehicles, proving it's brightness.

TATA Motors compressed air MDI vehicles

There are still a lot to be proved, as if this story would be so easy, obviously we would all drive such air driven cars for a long time. But as humanitarian the air is, it has such a little power to move the more hundred kilo weighted vehicles with their drivers and packages for the proper time with the proper speed. Though the compressed air is basically more safety than other, in the car industry for drive used gases – like hydrogen -, the content and pressure-resistant capacity of the storage unit (fuel tank) is quite limited. But this can be solved, e.g. with the help of a compressor, and here comes the similar sounding word of compromise into the picture, because this unit runs either with electricity or with fossil fuel. At the same time a significant harmful emission can be saved even this way, as generally only in case of a higher speed is a higher pressure necessary.

TATA Motors compressed air MDI vehicles

According to Tata there are a lots to be developed on the resource till the startup of the production, but the first, conceptional phase ended successfully, and after a few years of the refinement of the details the air driven cars will roll down serially from the production line.

It sounds good – will see, what will turn out of it.

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