Has anyone ever seen any plans for a wood powered car?
I know they have been made. With the gas going up and up and up, I am
ready to start building one. I got plenty of dead trees, thus wood on
my farm. If you have some plans, please post what you got, and if
there is a way to get them in digital format. Or, is there a website?
All that Google is offering are useless blogs (as usual, that seems to
be about the only thing google finds lately).
Not the one I saw. It was powered by solid fuel and had a boiler like
an ancient marine vessel. Mind you Australia has had some
exceptionally rare cars come in from around the world because we had
no manufacturing base for a long time. It used to be a favourite
collecting place for rich American car enthusiasts.
1. Steam drive from a wood-burning furnace.
2. Alcohol liquid fuel from wood sources on the farm.
3. Gaseous fuel from a wood reactor (stored in a
gasbag on the vehicle roof, as used in wartime
The wood gasification setups during the war were 'useable' but the
vehicles had very low power. It would get you there but in its own
sweet time. M.E.N. had a series of articles on how to build one back in
the 60s before they went yuppie. You might try googling them.
If your going to consider distilates of wood... whatever.
Then why not just tow a low pressure vessel filled with steer manure
and a little water.
The methane that is produced should get your car going a little ways
down the road.
100 years from now there will quite likely be nuclear plants all over
the country producing electricity which will be used to make Hydrogen.
It could be the fuel of choice. I expect it will be relatively more
expensive than what we pay for gasoline but still will most likely be
the cheapest fuel available.
Ahhh, the hydrogen myth again. 100 years from now, rechargable battery
technology will be so much better than today that no one will waste their money
on something as silly as hydrogen. Battery electric cars have already been on
the streets available for ordinary consumers (albeit in small numbers - from the
old Baker Electric to the EV1). How many hydrogen cars have been sold in the
last 100 years?
I guess we won't be around to see. I see batteries as always being more
expensive to make. I don't see any other portable fuel that might
compete with Hydrogen. Hydrogen powered engines have been around for
over 30 or 40 years but no good source of fuel. It will take Nuclear
power in great amounts to make it available. I had great hopes for
Fusion but after 50 years of trying they still can't break even.
There wouldn't be many electric sold either if it were not for
However, I might like one of those Tesla cars when they come out!! That
is, "like one" but won't be able to afford it.
Batteries more expensive than a fuel cell + a fuel tank? Especially since the
fuel tank technology still isn't ready for prime time?
> Hydrogen powered engines have been around for over 30 or 40 years but no
> good source of fuel.
Until very recently, no one could make a H2 engine that didn't produce lots of
NOx pollution - more than any gasoline engine. 30-40 years of prototypes that
can't be sold isn't too impressive.
> There wouldn't be many electric sold either if it were not for government
Since when are electric cars subsidized? Which government subsidizes the
Sparrow? How much is this subsidy? Adding bullshit to the discussion isn't
going to make your point.
Burning H2 and O2 produces water. Burning H2 and air produces water and NOx.
Unless you plan on making a vehicle with an oxygen supply as well as a H2
supply, you have to design away the nitrogen problem. Low temperature
combustion will help, but that's not going to work for internal combustion and
will produce a low efficiency external combustion engine. Fuel cells, of
course, don't have this problem. Ford (?IIRC) and BMW recently showed prototype
H2 internal combustion engines that licked the NOx problem, but I don't know
what they did to do so.
H2 burns somewhat hotter than gasoline or diesel and the NOx production is
related to the temperature.
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