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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

When do you think we will start using water to power cars?

Are cars already running on water?


If they did exist

Cars powered by water would initially be a hybrid electric car , which will use hydrogen ions liberated from water into the cars "gas" tank, the resultant gas would be from the exhaust as steam.

It seems simple but due to the explosive nature of hydrogen gas, this big factor is best left for scientists and engineers to fathom.

Prediction two, so we know water powered cars will use hydrogen derived from water to sustain power, these car will ultimately need to be powered using a hydrogen fuel cell.

Photo Credit: Hugo90
GM Electrovan 1966

After extensive research the closest that I came to finding a car powered by water, was the Garrett electrolytic carburetor ( not pictured above) which was alleged to run for a few minutes, but that was in 1955!
The picture above is a 1966 General motors elcrovan, the first model they produced that contained a hydrogen fuel cell.

To produce a car which can run on water, it would use hydrogen from water as a carrier of energy but not produce it directly.

In terms of producing energy a radio frequency can be used to liberate hydrogen ions, but this can be a cause for concern, because at the wrong frequency , it may produce a detonation effect, so the car could travel miles but just not in a forward direction as you expect. It would be more of upward and outward!

Although there are claims all over the Internet of people actually running cars on water, do not buy into these claims as it is yet to be discovered and completely credited as working.

If you know of any water powered cars please post in the comments below, with the following template:

The name of the Car:
It can be bought from car company:
Its top speed:
miles/gallon data if you please:

I'll update this post as more positive evidence is found, so check back soon.
Thanks for Reading.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Where does wind energy come from?

Wind Power is usually split into two types, offshore and land based operations.

Most of the wind energy produced  for power needs comes from wind farms, great big windmill type contraptions produce electricity because as the wind blows it turns the blades on a shaft, which powers a generator.

Photo credit: Peter Heilmann

I can rightly predict that the use of wind power will greatly increase in the future, it has been recently demonstrated that wind turbines can be extremely robust.

In March 2011 , a Japanese Earthquake on the eastern part of the country caused mass devastation, not only to the power infrastructure, but in the hearts and minds of the people who live there and the world over.
It is a known fact that the regions wind farms and other wind powered capabilities remained in tact.
Wind Power is designed to convert renewable sources of energy and it did just that.

Wind Circulation

Wind energy is mechanical energy, the rotating movement of the blades of the windmill produces electricity through a generator.

The wind is formed by the heating and cooling effects of the suns rays, the air rotates in high and low pressure which generates wind.

Depending  on the type of wind pressure that is generated,whether it is a cool breeze on your face, different capacity of the strength of wind is formed in different parts of the world, this power goes to producing an effective source of untapped energy, for use by us in the form of heating and lighting.

Photo Credit: .Swallowtail.

Texas has the largest onshore (on land) wind farms in the world, by the end of 2007 they were producing 16,596 MW of power which is the equivalent to powering 5 million homes based on average household consumption.

Solar energy power is more preferable to wind energy as the yield of energy is much better, but this is likely to change through the power of wind power technologies, which will need to become more cost effective to gain higher yields.

To have wind power for your home, usually a wind turbine power system is installed, this is currently the only way to use wind energy for direct use into your home. 

Monday, 21 March 2011

Will alternative energy sources solve our power problems?

Alternative energy is a way to reduce dependance on fossil fuels and be a pioneer of new technology which we can produce. The benefit far outweighs the costs in terms of caring for the planet and the persons well being, it just feels right.

 Photo credit: janie.Hernandez55 

Alternative energy is usually classified as wind power, geothermal power, solar power and hydroelectric systems.There may be many more such as harnessing the power of earthquakes and volcanoes but these technologies are  not currently available for you to use in your home.

The current demand for fossil fuels is not sustainable, as we progress into the future.Most of todays burning of fossil fuels is the burning of coal in energy plants to produce heating and electricity. Every day there is an increasing demand for oil.

In terms of oil expense, not only do governments dictate what we spend on oil, but the demand of oil is very tightly controlled, with unrenewable energy sources such as oil we have to ignore the ethics of obtaining that energy because the product has to be obtained regardless of the value of a country's political aims or practices which seem unethical to the majority of the population.

Large scale alternative energy sourses whether they are offshore or land based can produce a significant amount of energy, in Texas for example wind energy can account for the capacity of supplying the average hoome electricity demand to up to 5million households.
On smaller scales even more people are seeing the benefit of Solar energy via the use of solar panels for their use in DIY heating.

Scale that down to you local neghbouruseage because it is using something that is already readily available, i.e it did not take millions of years to produce as with oil or coal, so is not seen as more difficult to access.
Renewable energy is all around us, the wind, the sea, the sunlight and in heat from the earth. By using various technologies we are able to capture this energy and turn it into something we can use such as heating and lighting for our homes.

Although the immediate switch to alternative energy as a country is not now a viable option, because the infastructure to support this is not there. Many people are feeling the benefit of switching their own homes to renewable alternative energy.

We can say that our over reliance on fossil fuels such as coal will need to clean up as it were, we need more efficient ways of burning coal and a strict monitor of the environmental and human health impacts, if we are the phase out this addiction of fossil fuels.
I suspect a lot of people are not under the illusion that reliance on fossil fuels can be a long term plan, the onslaught of climate change is affecting the way we live and it is imperative that we are able to access clean energy not only for the survival of the planet but for the next generation, who may have to leave this rock we call earth some day.

There is an argument against switching to alterntive power,is there a point of switching to a new form of power that will be much much more expensive than previous method?
In order to smooth the way into using renewables, it is simultaneously beneficial to try to make our current energy sources more efficient, in doing this the power we source from our environment can decrease so therfore decreasing the impact we make when extracting fossil fuels from the earth.

Simple things such as having energy efficient washing machines or proper insulatiod windows can have a largere impact if whole neighbourhoods and countrys were involved.
On a country wide scale,simply redesigning the way our power gets to one another can also reduce dependancy on fossil fuels , a more modern layout of grid system can maybe reduce power outages which could affect a whole country as we have seen with the Japan power rationing after the massive march 2011 earthquake.