It was reported earlier this month that hybrid equipment for vehicles produced by Thor Energy Zolutions in Reykjavík had proven popular. The equipment is supposed to save up to 33 percent of fuel and significantly reduce pollution.
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Last Friday, physicist Ágústa Loftsdóttir, project leader of fuel affairs and eco-friendly energy at the National Energy Authority, explained on RÚV’s Rás 1 radio program Tilraunaglasid how the laws of physics prevent this technology from working.
“It appears that this equipment sprays hydrogen into the car engine’s combustion compartment and burns hydrogen as it would burn regular fuel. The problem with the equipment, as it was presented in the media, is that hydrogen is produced by electrolysis inside the car. So the energy from the hydrogen comes from the fuel which has already been burnt,” Loftsdóttir explained.
On Tilraunaglasid it was pointed out that there are many other solutions to save energy, for example by using methane, although for now that is only an option in the capital region.