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Hydrogen Power (HPI) has modified a 2006 Ford Ranger XL to a dual-fuel (gasoline and hydrogen) vehicle, ultimately to be powered by HPI’s HydrogenNow process for the on-board production of hydrogen.

The conversion involved the addition of a second set of injectors, high-pressure hydrogen tanks, regulator, a hydrogen control system, and other available off-the-shelf products.

HPI is a Seattle-based company licensed by the University of British Columbia to develop a proprietary method for the aluminum-assisted water-split generation of hydrogen.

Researchers from the university found that grinding aluminum with a catalyst can prevents the natural protective corrosion resistance of aluminum from occuring and, in turn, allows the resulting corrosion reaction of the system to produce hydrogen. Besides gaseous H2, the reaction generates only solid aluminum hydroxides (AlOOH) or Al(OH)3.

The resulting aluminum hydroxides can be recycled or used in industrial and consumer applications.

Experiments showed that the rate of hydrogen generation and hydrogen yield depend on many different parameters, such as chemistry and concentration of additives, water temperature, powder particle size and milling conditions.

HPI calls its aluminum-catalyst combination AlumiFuel. Water and AlumiFuel are combined in an on-board reactor, generating heat and hydrogen gas on-demand.

HPI is working on a range of applications for the HydrogenNow technology, from power for portable electronics up through on-site generation for fueling and power.

The BC researchers will be providing a progress update on the aluminum-assisted water split process at the upcoming World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Lyon, France.




BMW's model year 2007 will include a 7 series model for public sale with exactly the same engine concept (hydrogen/gasoline). In the case of BMW it's a V8 engine with about 240 hp.
Also the presented Ford Superchief with Triflex engine goes into the same direction.


So,,, they are using aluminum as the energy carrier, to produce hydrogen (and heat), to burn in an internal combustion engine. Sounds Very inefficient.
Supporters will say that they will eventually move to hydrogen fuel cells, generating electricity to power electric motors. Thus increasing efficiency.

Aluminum batteries exist right now that are signicicantly more efficient (and simpler) than this.

Roger Pham

Hydrogen injection in small quantity is probably to boost efficiency of gasoline combustion by up to ~20% and to reduce exhaust emission by 50%. Otherwise, the use of grind aluminum would indeed be inefficient due to the exothermic process in which heat will be released when hydrogen is produced, hence wasting energy.


@coal burner: You are completly wrong: Nobody wants to move to fuel cells. BMW, GM, Ford, Daimler Chrysler are no dummies. Maybe fuelcells are going to power some labtops in the future, but definitely no cars. There will be one day, when your fuel cells fantasts realize, that those fuel cells are not going to change the world.

Mark R. W. Jr.

Granted this may not be perfect, but at least it's something. Personally though I'm skeptical. Why bother with hydrogen when biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel have a head start?


Can we combined all the sources of energy to save gas: Hydrogen power + gasoline power, solar power + electricity power (produced when the car running and the power is collected from all 4 rotating wheels). Besides, lighter and strong material. Also, car for just one person: Most of the times, people just drive from and to work by themself.

Zur Caled

Because of the problem with hydrogen tank explosion, I think that ON BOARD HYDROGEN GENERATION is the safest solution. If the electrolyser module exploded, the damage will be very very small. As a matter of fact there are some people now experimenting on dual fuel which is gasoline and hydrogen (HYBRID H2) more power, more milage and less emission.

Lisa Hart

How does the Hy solution that the Alumifuel wrote about compare to the Hydratus by Ecotality? Is it the same thing except under a different brand, or a different technology of the same class?

Lisa Hart

Lisa Hart

How does the Hy solution that the Alumifuel wrote about compare to the Hydratus by Ecotality? Is it the same thing except under a different brand, or a different technology of the same class?

Lisa Hart


Hydratus uses magnesium and water under heat (600 degrees C) to scavenge oxygen from water and release hydrogen. Byproduct Magnesium hydroxide.

AlumaFuel uses electrolysis under "ambient temperature" to scavenge oxygen from water and release hydrogen. Byproduct Aluminum hydroxide.

Magnesium hydride can give similar results without heat or electricity. It scavenges oxygen and releases hydrogen, but it is expensive to manufacture. We used this as a fuel in a hydrogen car experiment back in college (Cal Tech) during the first oil embargo.

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