It's a waste. Perhaps the Chinese intend to produce hydrogen from
hydroelectricity, but it remains very awkward to distribute, dispense and
Fuel cells may have a future in cars, but only in closed-cycle form as
battery replacements in hybrids.
You're more than a bit behind the curve.
~~Philip "Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
Much more likely to be coal gassification, hopefully with mineral
sequestration of the CO2.
It has a reasonable storage and range, not all that awkward, and many
developments are expected in that field. It also should be pointed out that
the Chinese don't have the 'traditions of waste' that drive opposition to
lightweight or short range vehicles.
So you pontificate. As an opinion it is worth what we paid for it.
mixture of flammable gases (principally carbon monoxide and hydrogen) and
nonflammable gases (mainly nitrogen and carbon dioxide) made by the partial
combustion of carbonaceous substances, usually coal, in an atmosphere of air
and steam. Producer gas has lower heating value than other gaseous fuels,
but it can be manufactured with relatively simple equipment; .
This is an interesting process because it can even be done 'in situ' (no
mining) or use biomass. The reaction C + H2O(g) -> H2 + CO is endothermic so
air is required to maintain combustion. Additional heat is required to
generate superheated steam. A cryogenic plant would be required to separate
the various product gases in order to obtain pure H2 for urban auto use. The
only safe way to dispose of the large quantities of CO would be to burn it
and to recapture the heat generated.
CO2 is of value to oil producers. It could be injected into old oil wells
for enhanced oil production. CO2 can also be used in greenhouses to
accelerate plant growth.
700 Degrees F falls well short of the mark for exhaust systems.
And there is no metion of any specific plastics that can be take exhaust
system temperatures let alone those having processing capability to be
formed into those parts.
You still can't back up your claim nuddly.
There was a company in Kingston, Ontario, Canada that was developing a
plastic ICE! I know, because my brother did some work for them as an
outside contractor. I don't know what the current state of development
is/was or what has happened to them, my brother has since moved on to
Any details? I could see it work with metal inserts and metal parts
where it counts, using a polymer for weight reduction elsewhere. Other
than the combustion chamber itself and the exhaust pretty much the
rest of the engine could be done with one polymer or another. Longevity
(not to mention the economics) is another question however.
Before I posted the previous, I did a quick search on the web but
couldn't find fast. (I do have to work sometimes). As I recall the
"stories" I heard from my brother, the heads, comb. chambers,
everything, was some type of polymer. Which may explain why I can't
find anything on it right now (ie it didn't work).
But I also seem to recall that the problems were production related
rather than functional. This was 5-10 years ago or more, so maybe newer
methods could help bring it back. Anybody got an extra 15 or 20 million
they want to give me. It sure would be a lot more fun than what I'm
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