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Volkswagen hydrogen electric car with a range of 2000 km.

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Volkswagen has filed a patent for a new, more efficient fuel cell. This will allow the brand’s hydrogen electric vehicle to travel about 2,000 kilometers on just one tank.

Volkswagen hydrogen electric car

Volkswagen’s new fuel cell is cheaper and offers more autonomy

In recent years, Volkswagen’s top management has been skeptical of hydrogen, pointing to the electric car as the future.

However, it seems that the German brand is still attentive to this market. Recently, Aliu-se in Kraftwerk develop new technologies in this area.

As a result of this collaboration, both companies have filed a patent for a fuel cell that promises to be cheaper and more efficient.

How does this new fuel cell work?

While the batteries of electric vehicles use up the stored battery, the fuel cells of hydrogen vehicles can produce their own energy.

They store hydrogen as a gas in a high pressure tank (or at very low temperatures if liquid). The fuel cell then converts the hydrogen into electricity using a cathode and an anode.

Hydrogen (H2) enters through the anode and passes through the electrolytic membrane, which splits it into a proton (H+) and an electron (e-).

The electrolyte then directs them along different paths. The electron passes through the external circuit to create a flow of electricity and start the engine. The protons travel to the cathode where they combine with oxygen and an electron to produce water and heat.

Volkswagen’s new hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will have a range of 2,000 km.

In this process, innovations from Kraftwerk and Volkswagen appear, which use a ceramic membrane instead of the usual plastic solution from other manufacturers.

As Sascha Kühn, CEO of Kraftwerk, explained when business insider“The big advantage of this solution is that it can be produced much more economically than polymer fuel cells. In addition, they do not use platinum, a precious metal that makes other solutions more expensive.

So this new system is similar to a solid state battery as they have basically the same amount of electrolytes and a very similar structure.

The big difference is that solid state batteries store energy in a compact material. This fuel cell uses hydrogen gas for this task.

Lower production cost and greater autonomy

Thus, the new fuel cell becomes an excellent alternative to existing models. In addition to not freezing in the winter and not drying in the summer (no need for humidification), it also generates heat that can be used to air-condition your car.

Added to this is the fact that it is quite efficient, as it offers drivers a mileage of 2,000 kilometers with just a deposit. So this value is greater than one electric car or fuel.

When will this new electric version from Volkswagen arrive?

Although it was developed jointly with Volkswagen, Kraftwerk assured that it will not be exclusive to the German manufacturer and is expected to be integrated by other manufacturers.

New fuel cells will be introduced into electric vehicles from 2026

According to the brand’s plans, this technology is expected to be applied to mass-produced vehicles as early as 2026, with at least 10,000 units of each series produced and distributed by several manufacturers.

Video – How does a hydrogen fuel cell work?

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This house in the middle of a village in Braga costs 1.8 million (and even the maid’s room is luxurious)

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This house in the middle of a village in Braga costs 1.8 million (and even the maid's room is luxurious)

It has “only” four rooms, but it costs 1.8 million euros. The family home, located in União de Freguesias de Escudeiros e Pensamento, five minutes from the center of Braga, is the most expensive family property for sale at luxury real estate agency Engel&Volkers, but it comes with some “add-ons” that, for some of them, may worth the investment.

The villa is located on a plot of 3800 square meters (m2), has six rooms, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a swimming pool, a “small grass football field and a vineyard plot”, parking, central heating, air conditioning and wooden floors.

According to Engel & Volkers, the increase in the cost of housing, in addition to the already described, is also “modern architecture, with highly detailed and refined finishes”, which fits into the policy of the agency, one of the main in the premium segment worldwide, which in 2020 earned about billion euros.

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

The ground floor has an entrance hall, a double living room separated by a fireplace, also double sided, overlooking the street, overlooking a small vineyard and with an outdoor pool.

The real estate agency also says that the house is surrounded by a “green and harmonious environment offering unique peace and privacy.”

Consulting the company’s website held this Saturday by O MINHO, and out of curiosity, managed to verify that there is an additional room on the first floor, also with luxurious touches, called the “maid’s room”. division into luxury villas that served to accommodate domestic workers without moving them to the owners’ sleeping area, although its existence is now common for people with less mobility.

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

“On the same floor, we also have a large dining room, gym, kitchen with laundry room and maid’s room, as well as a garage for 2 cars,” emphasizes the real estate agency. On the ground floor, he adds, there are three “large suites” connected by a “shared balcony.”

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

For those who are interested, and with a “full wallet”, a house “in the arms of nature, with enviable south exposure and complete privacy” is guaranteed.

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Woman with fake belly caught smuggling hundreds of semiconductors (already worth 500 times more)

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Sanctions and supply chain issues have created a parallel market in China, where these chips are sold for 500 times the market value.

Chinese customs officials caught a woman trying to smuggle semiconductors inside a prosthetic belly while pretending to be pregnant. This arrest sheds light on the reality of smuggling that has emerged in the world’s second-largest economy following the sanctions imposed by the United States of America.

According to bloomberg, a woman was caught by the authorities while trying to enter Zhuhai via Macau on November 25. According to customs authorities, the suspect had more than 202 processors and nine smartphones.

The woman came to the attention of the authorities when she was asked what month she was pregnant. “She said she was five or six months pregnant but she had a big belly that looked like she was in her third trimester,” Chinese officials explained.

The economic crisis caused by covid-19 and all the problems that have arisen in the supply chain have opened the door to the emergence of a black market in semiconductors in a country that needs these advanced chips to produce millions of products.

The situation has worsened recently as the Joe Biden administration tightened sanctions on China, focusing on developing advanced technologies, especially for military use.

According to the North American economic publication, the situation is so serious that the prices of these devices reach values ​​up to 500 times their market price, which creates ideal conditions for creating an entire parallel market with telecom operators and resellers.

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