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Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.

 
Tess2012

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Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
Engineering firm Ricardo is developing a car engine fuelled by liquid air, based on a prototype built by inventor Peter Dearman.

Using a beer keg to store the liquid and copper pipes from a DIY store, he generated enough power to drive his Vauxhall Nova. "I've probably done 35mph. It probably would go faster but I haven't taken it out on the open road, so I've been limited on space," he said.

He said a liquid air car would overcome some of the problems with electric cars, which are expensive, use scarce materials in their batteries and are best suited to short distances. "It's not the range of the electric car that is the problem, it's the recharging," he said. "With liquid air you have the convenience of the petrol engine in that you can refill it quickly, simply by pouring it into the tank."

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[link to news.sky.com]
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10/07/2012 05:42 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
mmm... liquid air.. can't wait to try that stuff. sounds tasty.
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10/07/2012 05:49 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
Is this some joke?
If not this guy should watch his back.
He will probably be paid out by THEM, and we´d still have to pay high amounts for travelling which is our birthright.
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10/07/2012 05:51 AM

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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
I think this is a great idea.

But cooling air down to minus 190 C to make it into a liquid requires a lot of energy in the 1st place.

Oh dear!


wtf
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10/07/2012 06:04 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
Is this some joke?
If not this guy should watch his back.
He will probably be paid out by THEM, and we´d still have to pay high amounts for travelling which is our birthright.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25110995


no joke, its been all over the uk news for the past week.
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10/07/2012 06:16 AM

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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
Good post OP and thanks.

My question is, where are they gonna get the fresh air? scratching
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10/07/2012 06:54 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
I think this is a great idea.

But cooling air down to minus 190 C to make it into a liquid requires a lot of energy in the 1st place.

Oh dear!


wtf
 Quoting: minkey53


let alone the safety aspect....wham!, Car crash and everyone's a popsicle!!
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
I wonder if anyone has tried to liquify wood gas ?

If it liquified at low pressures like LP it would make an awesome fuel.
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10/07/2012 06:59 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
I wonder if anyone has tried to liquify wood gas ?

If it liquified at low pressures like LP it would make an awesome fuel.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25006973


You mean liquid smoke? Yeah man, I use that shit on my bbq.
Tess2012 (OP)

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10/07/2012 07:28 AM

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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
I think this is a great idea.

But cooling air down to minus 190 C to make it into a liquid requires a lot of energy in the 1st place.

Oh dear!


wtf
 Quoting: minkey53


In the article the liquid air's being made from excess electricity generated by wind/solar that isn't capable of being stored - until now. The excess is stored by means of turning it into liquid air, then re-used, so this will solve the problem of inefficiency of wind power because previously it wasn't able to store the excess.
President Obama: “The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”.
President Reagan: “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave….”
Tess2012 (OP)

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10/07/2012 07:33 AM

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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
Found more about it on youtube


President Obama: “The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”.
President Reagan: “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave….”
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10/07/2012 07:34 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
Found more about it on youtube


 Quoting: Tess2012


And we all know, if it's on YouTube, it's true.
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
I think this is a great idea.

But cooling air down to minus 190 C to make it into a liquid requires a lot of energy in the 1st place.

Oh dear!

wtf
 Quoting: minkey53


In the article the liquid air's being made from excess electricity generated by wind/solar that isn't capable of being stored - until now. The excess is stored by means of turning it into liquid air, then re-used, so this will solve the problem of inefficiency of wind power because previously it wasn't able to store the excess.
 Quoting: Tess2012


Plus waste heat from power stations, factories, oil rig gas burn off can be used to drive compressors to liquify air.

Even if just oil rigs fitted compressors to use the normal "burn off gas" to drive them they would create a sale able product for these new engines, and the air is already out there waiting to be used.

hf
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10/07/2012 07:38 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
Here's a video showing the power of LOX (liquid oxygen) in combination with biodiesel.



And that's about all I know about LOX.
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10/07/2012 07:47 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
It is a rip off of Viktor Schauberger's work
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10/07/2012 07:48 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
Is this like the dehydrated water car? Dr Bluzak anyone?

[link to www.dailymotion.com]
Tess2012 (OP)

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10/07/2012 08:15 AM

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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
Found more about it on youtube


 Quoting: Tess2012


And we all know, if it's on YouTube, it's true.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17487177


It was on Sky and the national press, shitforbrains. I just posted the youtube as a video of it.
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
i'm just waiting for them to think of a way of using monkey spunk

the ideal fuel. an endless supply, AND massive job creation!

jerkit oooh ooohh ahhh ahhh
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
i'm just waiting for them to think of a way of using monkey spunk

the ideal fuel. an endless supply, AND massive job creation!

jerkit oooh ooohh ahhh ahhh
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16932400


If it's cheaper than oil, why the fuck not?
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10/07/2012 08:33 AM
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Re: Man working in his garage invents car that runs on fresh air.
A friend/neighbour of mine, together with some former colleagues now all deceased, in the 1980s/90s invented a system for enhancing petrol/diesel fuel combustion in cars, based on introducing air into the exhaust system.

Claimed up to 30% fuel saving, up to 30% CO2 reduction, up to 90% smoke reduction, up to 20% particulates reduction, plus all the benefits for health and environment.

[link to www.clearairtech.com]

I know it works, back around 2000 when we lost leaded petrol in the U.K., I was running a Ford Granada enthusiasts' club and we were anticipating problems in lubricating the cylinder heads on our cars without the lead in the petrol. Dozens of us fitted this device and gained all the other benefits too, the cars ran much smoother, better uptake of power, around 15% fuel reduction, exhaust emissions hugely reduced enabling passing MOT tests more easily.

The guy hasn't been able to get the product to market, however, because the 'experts' can't understand how it works!

It's a stainless steel device, a slim cylinder with a mushroom-like top, fits on to the exhaust.

He's now more hopeful it will be taken up by the commercial vehicle sector (lorries, buses) because the fuel savings are very attractive to the operators.

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