Whats the solution for gas prices?
Posted 22 April 2008 - 06:48 PM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:24 PM
There will, I'm sure, be some new energy sources coming on line. Wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal, who knows what else?
But for the time being, we're an oil-driven nation and world. And the oil's running out.
In the western U.S., there are oil reserves far greater than the total reserves of Saudi Arabia. Shale oil and tar sands. These resources DWARF those of Alaska's north slope. It's real, and it's accessible. Canada is already making use of their shale and tar resources, and selling the product to the U.S. It wasn't the case a few years ago, but now it's economically feasible.
There are environmental consequences, but with careful design they can be minimized. By government estimates, it would take a minimum of six years to bring the extraction plants on line.
It would only be a stopgap, a cushion to ease the transition to a sustainable energy economy. But it's there, and we could use it to reduce our dependence on regimes inimical to the U.S.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:59 PM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 09:19 PM
I'm a little concerned about all the water vapor these hydrogen cars are supposed to produce. Won't that make your traffic-congested cities unbearably humid?
yeah, i agree. i feel someone ought to evaluate the potential climate/environmental impact of water emissions... mayhaps not as destructive as greenhouse gases, but if everyone were driving a hydrogen car, there must be some effect???? i can't imagine it would be a good one.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 09:27 PM
you add water vapor.
even if you sweat
if the sun comes out
humidity soars up from the soil.
when the atmosphere gets too much water
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:19 PM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:19 PM
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) emit approximately the same amount of water per mile as vehicles using gasoline-powered internal combustion engines (ICEs).
So basically, no big deal.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:41 PM
(DMFC) shows a lot of promise.
The methanol is injected directly into the cell,
where the methanol reacts to form
electrochemical energy and carbon dioxide.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:01 PM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:31 AM
was able to separate hydrogen and oxygen from water using
a specific radio frequency. its all about harmonics.
with the TC vehicle, the moisture would be collected in the
vehicle and re-used. no impact on the environment.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 05:37 AM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:15 AM
you know one problem ?
Yep. Ugly stuff to handle. It's the hardest substance there is to seal against leaks (smallest molecule). And even a little bit can make a pretty serious bang. Talk about transportation and storage of hazardous substances!
Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:44 AM
but i mean we could always tap into some of our countries huge oil deposits say in alaska or in the gulf. however the epa regulates too much of the drilling in alaska but id say the way its going to go would be some sort of alternative fuel india now has cars that run completely off compressed air and get like 400 miles per charge. slow as turds they are but real economical if your not on a long haul
Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:02 AM
we use that right along with far worse consequences.
Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:08 AM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:33 AM
a dirt wall several feet thick will stop radiation,
concrete just a couple feet will do it
or a thin sheet of lead will suffice.
but nothing holds pure hydrogen compressed/liquified,
it's hard on materials used to pump it,
and it's explosive.
there are no nuclear-powered cars planned.