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Tuckerfan
10-18-2007, 05:52 AM
The free (as in "beer") NASA magazine Tech Briefs (http://www.techbriefs.com/) is holding their annual "Create the Future Contest (http://www.createthefuturecontest.com/pages/rules/rules.html) with entries in the following categories:
Consumer Products: Products that increase quality of life in the workplace, at home, during leisure time, or while traveling.

Machinery, Equipment and Component Technology: Products that speed and improve work, manufacturing, or scientific research processes.
Medical Products: Products that improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare.

Safety and Security: Products that enhance the security or safety of individuals, businesses, communities, or nations.

Sustainable Technologies: Products that help reduce dependence on non-renewable energy resources, as well as products designed for other purposes using environmentally friendly materials or manufacturing processes.

Transportation: Products that enable movement of people and goods from one place to another.I've entered my idea for a steam powered car with on-board hydrogen generator. (http://www.createthefuturecontest.com/pages/view/entriesdetail.html?entryID=906)

This place being tinkerer central, I figure that I can't be the only one to have an entry, so who else has one?

Evan
10-18-2007, 10:58 AM
How about some recycling?

http://vts.bc.ca/pics3/sr71space.jpg

Swarf&Sparks
10-18-2007, 11:31 AM
SR 71?
Don't think they'd reach escape velocity :(

Weston Bye
10-18-2007, 12:03 PM
SR 71?
Don't think they'd reach escape velocity :(

Surplus JATO bottles?

NickH
10-22-2007, 11:04 AM
I dunno, if you're going to replace the power plant I think a hybrid with battery/fuel cell and multi fuel capability turbine generator would be a better bet, runs on anything from hydrogen to crude.
You could run all short urban trips from battery and use the turbine/generator only at optimum eficiency for longer high speed runs and charging when near full discharge, charge from any mains source available, trickle from solar roof panels when parked,
Regards,
Nick

Tuckerfan
10-22-2007, 11:41 AM
Seen a low-cost fuel cell? I haven't. And the electric grid in the US is about to implode, so imagine if you add people plugging their cars all in when they get home from work at roughly the same time how long it'd take to bring the grid down. Not to mention in third world nations where there is no grid, and no skilled labor to repair such a vehicle, you're going to have people staying with "dirty" technology because they can't make use of cleaner tech, like you're suggesting.