Declining Oil Reserves
dsouth at forestry.auburn.edu
Mon Mar 13 21:25:03 EST 2000
Ted Kegebein wrote:
> David South wrote:
> > > BTW, a recent front-page article in The Oregonian detailed how within
> > > 20-50 years cars may be operated via hydrogen cells, which produce water
> > > as the end product. This hydrogen will be produced, the article stated,
> > > via algae (pond scum) grown in solution with no sulphur, which causes
> > > the algae to revert to an earlier form of photosynthesis, producing
> > > hydrogen gas at the rate of 1/10 ounce per day per gallon (although the
> > > author thought he could up production to 1/2 pound). Of course, oil
> > > would still have to rise dramatically (300-500%) to make conversion of
> > > cars to hydrogen burning feasible.
> > >
> > > Then again, aren't gas prices inching up again? ;)
> > >
> > > Daniel B. Wheeler
> > > www.oregonwhitetruffles.com
> > >
> > Those interested in hydrogen fuel (that originates from other energy
> > sources such as oil or solar) should see info regarding "Power balls."
> > http://www.powerball.net/inside/index.shtml
> Interesting link, David. But, has the world forgot the Hindenburg?
> tweaking Linux for the next century
What is your alternative to using fossil fuels to power automobiles for
the next century?
Many people have died from using "natural gas" in their homes (so what)!
Many people have died from using "electricity" in thier homes (so what)!
Many people have died from driving their cars (so what)!
A number of people have died due to producing nuclear power.
I almost always find the objections to using a renewable energy source -
such as hydrogen produced from solar power (over that of fossil fuels)
interesting. I understand my great-great-grandmother did not like the
idea of cooking over a wood stove! (she liked using a fireplace).
Is a Powerball Water Tank Safe?
A Powerball/Water tank does not have to be
kept at near absolute zero. Large
compressors are not needed for refueling. In
fact, to refuel a Powerball/Water tank
all that needs to be done is, 1) remove
waste hydroxide and skins, 2)pour in water,
3)dump in Powerballs, and the system is
refueled ready for use. If a
Powerball/Water tank is cut, ripped, or
severely damaged, all that happens is water
and spheres spill out. You get the crack
fixed or buy a new tank, refill with spheres
and water and all is well again. (A far
different scenario than that of a compressed
hydrogen tank) There is very little pure
hydrogen in a Powerball/Water tank.
Hydrogen is produced from the water
incrementally, and on demand. You never
have to worry about a large hydrogen
explosion because no more than about
one-tenth of an ounce of pure hydrogen is
ever produced in advance at any one time.
The hydrogen from a Powerball/Water tank is
consumed directly after it is produced
by either a fuel cell or a combustion engine
(see Moller International in Davis or Bill
Kaiser at AMD in Highland, California for
hydrogen combustion information).
A Powerball/Water tank can hold a few
hundred or a few million spheres, depending
on the size of the tank. If the skin of one
individual Powerball is removed, and the
sodium hydride inside the skin reacts with
the water around it, no problems are
created for the adjacent spheres. They
remain intact and content. The hydrogen
produced by the one reacting sphere bubbles
to the top and is used normally. In an
extreme case where, for some unknown reason,
the coatings of many spheres are
somehow removed and enough hydrogen is
produced to increase the pressure
beyond what the tank is rated for (around
200 psi) then some hydrogen would be
released through a pressure relief valve at
the top of the tank.
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