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Indian jet engine startup Dg Propulsion Private Limited (DPPL) has achieved a significant milestone with its second patent, titled “A Power System for a Hybrid Electric Vehicle Comprising Micro Gas Turbine and Fuel Cell.” This innovative technology holds the potential to revolutionize the future of mobility by offering enhanced efficiency, reduced emissions, and a cleaner environment.

According to DPPL founder Prateek Dhawan, “The integration of a micro gas turbine and fuel cell in a hybrid electric vehicle promises enhanced efficiency, reduced emissions, and a cleaner future for mobility.” This hybrid system combines the best of both worlds: a fuel cell provides a quick response like a battery, while a micro gas turbine extends the vehicle’s range significantly.

Breaking Down the Technology:

  • Fuel Cell: This technology, similar to a battery, generates electricity through a chemical reaction. However, unlike batteries that require recharging, fuel cells continuously produce electricity as long as they have a fuel supply, such as hydrogen. This offers rapid acceleration and a familiar driving experience.
  • Micro Gas Turbine: This compact turbine engine burns fuel (potentially including sustainable options) to generate electricity, similar to a power plant in miniature. This provides the extended range needed for long journeys, addressing a key challenge for electric vehicles.

Benefits of the Hybrid System:

  • Enhanced Efficiency: Combining the fuel cell’s efficient energy conversion with the micro gas turbine’s range extender capability results in a highly efficient overall system, potentially exceeding the performance of conventional electric vehicles.
  • Reduced Emissions: By potentially using cleaner fuels like hydrogen, the system can significantly reduce harmful emissions compared to traditional gasoline or diesel vehicles. This contributes to cleaner air and a healthier environment.
  • Extended Range: The micro gas turbine eliminates the range anxiety often associated with electric vehicles, making them more practical for long-distance travel.

While securing a patent is a crucial step, the journey to commercialization is just beginning. DPPL will need to overcome technical and economic challenges to bring this technology to market. However, the potential benefits are undeniable, and this innovation could play a significant role in shaping the future of sustainable transportation.

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