First let's forget about "fossil fuels" because as we all know we don't need them anymore. As for transportation I would like to see hybrid
electric/diesels (they already exist) As some of you already know Diesel engines will run on used vegetable oil, with little or no modification to
the car (if you process the fuel). They would run great on hemp oil. Henry Ford and Rudolf Diesel Both thought that Hemp fuel outperformed petro
in many different ways. Just like any gas hybrid the battery would charge while you drive. Screw it Throw a few solar panels on top to recharge
during the day, plug it into the battery banks at home and it would rarely need to rely on the fuel supply.
The next step would be to produce most of your own food, and I think the best/easiest solution is aquaponics, the combination of
aquaculture(raising fish) and hydroponics. I've been experimenting with it and it seems incredibly easy, and it's an amazingly enjoyable
There are countless designs ranging from simple DIY setups to all out farm types, this one produces 1 million pounds of food a year on 3 acres. www.youtube.com...
And finally combine this farming technique with Earthship style housing. An Earthship collects and purifies rainwater, harnesses electricity, and
processes it's own waste. They are completely off the grid, and I can't wait to build one...
I am a big fan of Biodiesel from algae made via vertical hydroponics.
They manage to get 100,000 gal/acre/yr in the desert.
They have done the math and could do all transportation fuels
for the US on the equivalent of 10% of the state of New Mexico.
With the several large deserts out west we would be good to go.
Ending our 85% oil import economic siphon would be enough to
turn our economy around.
All of these projects would make millions of jobs, and make
us sustainable indefinitely in regards to these aspects.
I'd also like to see the wind corridor of the US fully developed
for Electric as it has more than enough power to power the
entire US and we could use unconventional energy storage
such as pumped water, molten salt, compressed air, and
electrolysis producing hydrogen from water.
I think we also need to tap the jet streams as 1% of them would
replace all forms of power on earth.
Originally posted by Sinter Klaas
There is a problem with electric cars.
The resources to build the batteries with are pretty limited.
The process that creates is also a big pollutant. Not good at all.
In electrical engineering there is an effect called inductance.
Imagine a road with inductive tracks down the middle of each lane.
Each car would have a inductive pickup that could draw current
off the inductive track to power the car.
Direct contact is not needed, this is how transformers work.
Inductance is also how electric motors work.
Going off road will require bio fuels thou, and how to make that is
well explained in my post and the OPs.
This is also why the OP is correct in saying Biodiesel/Electric Hybrid
is the way to go.
Volkwagen had a prototype that reached over 300mpg on diesel
with a 1 litre engine, but it was a VERY small car, inline 2 seater.
Good Ideas and great thread S&F! I am in agreement with you! I would love to get together about 4 or 5 families and build a microcosm model future
community of how to do this. We need to decentralize and even manufacturing needs to be local and regional so if there is a problem it does not bring
the whole country to it's knees. There is no reason we need to be trucking our food thousands of miles and from foreign countries. With earth-ship
style greenhouses we can grow everything we need and want locally year round in every state.
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