The Alternative Energy Thread

Discussion in 'Techforge' started by Tuckerfan, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. steve2^4

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    sorry but hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have been available for ages. The Honda FCX Clarity was available since 2008.

    hypercars have been too.

    it's nice that they might combine the two, but for the hundred or so vehicles they might build, who cares?
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  3. Tuckerfan

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    Fusion Power in a decade? MIT seems to think maybe so. Story.

    They're inspired by some of the new fission reactor designs coming out that go the smaller, faster, cheaper route. A conventional tokamak design but with new materials and better magnets. Interesting.
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    'Twould be awesome, but fusion's been a couple of decades away for quite a few decades now. We'll see.
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    I'll believe it when I see it. Seems that every few weeks now there is some story about a new project promising fusion power quicker than expected. Hopefully one or more of them pans out, but I also suspect we are just at the peak of the hype phase that fusion goes through every decade or two.
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    Cargo ships to run off of ammonia.
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    132 percent efficiency? It's got me beat I guess. When I was in basic training the drill sergeants would scream at us to "give 110 percent!" :shakefist: but I never could figure that out.
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    Alright, it's time to clean the engines! Crewman Redshirt, get the bleach!
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    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    That's evil.


    But I lol'd just the same.
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  11. Tuckerfan

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    Oopsie.
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  12. steve2^4

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    told ya so.
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    oldfella1962 high speed, low drag

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    interesting point! On a related note when I lived near Fairbanks Alaska in the coldest parts of the winter you had to plug your cars to outlets set up in parking areas to keep the special engine heaters going so your oil wouldn't gel up, and an interior heater so the seats wouldn't harden up and shatter when you sat on them. If somebody unplugs your car and you had to plug it back in, it would take about 1/2 hour before you could drive it again. What's really wild is after you car has been parked overnight when you drive it it feels like you have four flat tires for a minute or two. The parts of your tires that were contacting the ground are different than the rest of the tire and it feels like you have flats.
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  14. Tuckerfan

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    Thermal battery.
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  15. steve2^4

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    That's pretty cool.
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    what if you did this and integrate it with irrigation so there are sprinklers on the underside of the panel and it irrigates the plants beneath?
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  17. Tuckerfan

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    They did that. Every plot of land was irrigated so that they could be sure the plants all got the same level of moisture.
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    Dave Roberts shared this on Twitter and I have to say, pretty impressed, although stylistically I've always had issue with the "overcab" design in front but everyone likes VW vans, right?

    So maybe it's just me...