Tata Starts Project to Use Water as Fuel

The producer of the world's cheapest car, Tata Motors, will inject up to $15 million into a project supposed to develop technologies that will use water as fuel. Ratan Tata, who among others also owns the Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors, will fund a project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to research new ways of using the hydrogen in water as a replacement for fuel. writes that Tata and MIT professor Daniel Nocera will start the construction of a building for developing a prototype meant to test all the technologies designed by the institute.

"Tata has given $15 million to fund the research being conducted by MIT professor Daniel Nocera on using water as auto fuel. The project involves generating hydrogen by splitting water and storing it in a safe can to drive an automobile," scientist C.N.R. Rao was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source.

"As it is Tata's dream to run his cars on water ultimately, he is funding the project so that he will have control on the innovative technology. He will also be associated with the start-up to develop the prototype, which will have a catalyst to warm up the water and create hydrogen as a fuel."

Just like in Nano's case, the goal of the project is to develop an affordable solution that would be able to replace fuel completely and thus provide cheaper maintenance costs than any other vehicle currently on the market.

"The challenge is to develop an eco-friendly and efficient energy at low-cost as an alternative to depleting fossil fuels. Water and hydrogen as an alternative source of energy can help us in reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," Rao concluded.
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