As technology progress's there is a series of new converging technologies that could mean cheaper better engines and fuel types to replace the
internal combustion engine as we know it.
Im mainly looking at hybrid cars here
(ie- generators running from a combustion engine running motors and charging batteries)
New advances in solar cells mean cheaper cells that can produce more energy for the same area of panel.
New designs in cells can now get close to 85% effiancy compared to 17% in older cells
New designs in how engines are made and designed can create smaller engines with less moving parts, saving weight and reducing the manufacturing
Because the engines are designed to run generators the need for complex heavy transmission gearbox's is negated further simplifing and saving even
more weight from the vehicle.
So this in no way means we are going to have hydrogen powered cars very soon, but as you can see the road just got a bit shorter and a bit
straighter.. and theres no browns gas or Meyer's fuel cells in sight
I do like the looks of rotary engine, would be nice to see one in operation. The Kawai engine also looks like a good design for electrical drive
As for hydrogen storage I am currently leaning towards water separation for on demand supply
www.project.nsearch.com... . The though of having a large container of hydrogen next to me is not
appealing in the event of an accident or something goes wrong, at least it will be quicker than gradually burning to death as happens in some car
crashes. Could also recycle the exhaust gases with water to close the system and reduce the need for top ups.
The lithium air battery sounds interesting and appears to pack quite a punch.
I also recently read about some solid state semiconductor device that gave a really good explanation of how it taps into variations in the quantum
field. A one square centimetre wafer of this device produced about 1 watt, not sure how thick the wafers are but looking at around 1 litre of space
for 1 kw of power. Something like this would be really cool. If I find the link again I will post it.
Also, negative resistors sound like another cool trick to keep that juice flowing.
edit on 14-4-2011 by kwakakev because: added negative
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