Can you think of a car that runs on water? Impossible, you’ll say. Well this seemingly impossible task has now been made possible. No, NOT by some IIT scientist, but by a small, illiterate mechanic from Sagar, Madhya Pradesh.
The man, Mohammad Raees Markani is 44 years of age. He has been modifying an 800 cc engine for the last five years to make it work on water, and he finally achieved the feat in April this year. His model uses a mix of water and calcium carbide to fuel the vehicle. Not only this, but he can also operate it remotely using his mobile phone.
The chemical reaction between water and calcium carbide results in the formation of acetylene which acts as a fuel that propels the engine. The fuel cost is just Rs.10 to Rs.20 per litre pretty cheap as compared to petrol which costs around Rs.70 per litre.
Acetylene is an unsaturated hydrocarbon, widely used in oxy-acetylene welding because of its high flame temperature. Before the incandescent bulbs made their way, acetylene was also used for portable lighting in mines.
Surprisingly, Markani has never been to a school and doesn’t even know how to read or write but he has been working as a full-fledged mechanic for the last 15 years. He began working at his father’s shop in his childhood, when he was just seven-year-old.
Apart from being eco-friendly, the technology developed (and now patented) by Markani has the potential to cut down the fuel and transportation cost by huge margins.
Many companies have already approached Markani asking him to share his technology with them so as to set up car-manufacturing plants, but he is adamant that he will do so only if the company promises to set up a unit in his home town!