It sounds brilliant: one hour of simply parking at an outside temperature of 20 degrees results in up to 100 kilometers of driving power without having to recharge via a charging cable. For the current issue of the eMove360° magazine, we wanted to know more about this pioneering technology and had a helpful exchange with Holger Thorsten Schubart, CEO of Neutrino Energy Group.
The German-American research company Neutrino Energy Group and India’s C-MET Pune are jointly developing a revolutionary technology in electric mobility. Neutrino Energy Group CEO Holger Thorsten Schubart, dedicated to producing greener and cleaner energy and vehicles, announced a €2.5 billion investment in India. Together with Rajendrakumar Sharma, Managing Director of SPEL Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Neutrino Energy Group is implementing the self-charging Pi Cars project.
The Pi Car is powered by patented Neutrino Photovoltaic technology. The technology uses a wide range of energies from the environment, neutrinos and other invisible radiation such as electromagnetic waves and also temperature differences. In cooperation with an international consortium of companies, researchers and partners, this neutrinovoltaic technology is to be integrated in the future for autonomous energy supply in other electrical devices, which the company will also develop.
In doing so, the special properties of graphene will be exploited. This material is woven into the carbon vehicle body in a “material sandwich” with silicon in many extremely thin layers. With the right geometry, the micro-vibrations lead to a flow of electrons, i.e. direct current, which is stored in supercapacitors and batteries and made available to the vehicle for propulsion via a control unit optimized by artificial intelligence.
Holger Thorsten Schubart: Father of the “Pi-Car”
The company is led by mathematician Holger Thorsten Schubart and a number of scientists, including physicist Dr. Thorsten Ludwig, CTO and technical project manager for India. Holger Thorsten Schubart is a mathematician, scientist, philanthropist and entrepreneur living in Switzerland and Germany. A mathematician with a specialized business background, he founded his first company in 1990 and has since dedicated his entire life to improving the technological infrastructure of our Planet.
Schubart’s dream: An energy-efficient and sustainable future
Schubart’s interest in neutrino-based energy technologies dates back to 2014, when he was pursuing his longtime passion for alternative energy sources. At the Federal Press Ball at the time, Holger said neutrinos and other invisible radiation could radically change our understanding of renewable energy. When Schubart first presented his ideas, they were met with skepticism. In 2015, however, two prominent energy physicists, Arthur B. McDonald and Takaaki Kajita, independently discovered that neutrinos have mass. Since E=mc2 implies that all mass consists of energy, this discovery paved the way for the widespread adoption of neutrino energy technology.
Pi for endless new possibilities for electromobility
But it is not just the energy sector that benefits from the infinite possibilities offered by neutrinos; electromobility also benefits greatly from them. The vehicle generates its own energy by using neutrinos and other non-visible radiation. This makes it the first car in the world that doesn’t need to be charged at a normal charging station, but instead supplies itself with the energy it needs to keep going forever, whether it’s driving or just sitting still. Depending on circumstances, one hour of simply parking the car outside can give it a range of up to 100 kilometers.
The Pi Car draws the fuel source for its operation from an infinitely available, ecological and sustainable element, due to the use of unique nanomaterials such as doped graphene mixed with Kevlar and carbon fibers to create unique cells that capture the passage of neutrinos and other forms of invisible radiation and trigger subatomic oscillation, contributing to the transition from the use of fossil fuels to clean and consistent energy sources.
Cooperation with international automotive industry
“The Pi is not a specific car, but a fundamentally new way of thinking about e-mobility,” Schubart said. “Any electric car from any manufacturer can also be a Model Pi when using Neutrinovoltaic technology. We as the Neutrino Energy Group don’t want to manufacture the vehicles ourselves in large numbers later on, but are looking for solidarity with the international automotive industry for scaling; we’d also like to do it here in Germany.”
In addition, he said, there will be a retrofit option for existing electric vehicles by using individual body components. “E-vehicles are now mature in terms of their drive systems. We are therefore particularly concerned with the question of where the electricity for them comes from and how the concept of e-mobility can be optimized in terms of energy technology with an engineering-oriented way of thinking and working in such a way that real advantages are offered to the drivers of such vehicles, but also environmental protection is taken into account with an actual ecological benefit,” explains Holger Thorsten Schubart (www.neutrino-energy.com).