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I know: I take an electric scooter to work. After 7 miles the batteries are virtually completely dead (range decreasing rapidly with battery age) . . these are big and heavy probably about 50 pounds. Newer more expensive batteries might be able to do a moderate factor better (not 10 times better at the very best). That mass of gasoline (10 gallons worth) could and does take a far heavier car (2500 lbs versus 125 lbs + 150 lbs rider) to Los Angeles and back. (I live in San Diego). If it had been a Prius, double it. The problem comes down the basic laws of physics. If you were armed with the periodic table and laws of thermodynamics you would come up with something pretty dam close to gasoline as the ultimate energy storage substance and device for mobile transportation. [Edited by Don W]
Originally posted by donwhite
Coal fired plants beat nuclear power plants if you add the cost of disposal of waste products - AND if you require some sort of insurance to protect the public from a possible multi-trillion dollar loss should a plant like Three Mile Island actually melt down as in Chernobyl.
Coal, our ace in the hole!
posted by bigx01:“ . . you should search Accelerator Driven Sub-critical Reactors. They can transmute high level waste to low level waste and give megawatts of energy in the process . . this would be a better use of nuclear (waste?) and put coal to use where needed . . coal shouldn't be burned just for electricity . . low temp coking of coal will get nearly a barrel of oil plus several thousand cubic feet of gas from every ton . . “It would be better to use this Oil from Coal - Free! The Karrick LTC Process and use the left over coke in the Fischer Tropsch synthesis-process to produce fuels for transportation. This would also make it easier to treat and remove such things like sulphur and heavy metals with out putting them to the atmosphere . . “ [Edited by Don W]
posted by donwhite: “Coal plants beat nuclear power plants if you factor in waste disposal costs and insurance to protect the public from a multi-trillion dollar loss should plants like 3 Mile Island melt down as happened in Chernobyl . .
Originally posted by XL5
I also wonder why O3 is not used in IC engines that have EFI and can automatically very the air/fuel ratio. Is the exhust alot more harmful if O3 is used?
But back on topic, I think that article is all "spin".
Originally posted by XL5
I also wonder why O3 is not used in IC engines that have EFI and can automatically very the air/fuel ratio.