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Postby Aquatank » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:27 pm

My best guess is 50 years if the automakers went completely to electric tomorrow, thats based on a general idea of car output matching the number of cars on the road today. the longer it waits the tougher it will be to get away from gasoline simply because of corporate entrenchment.
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Postby Aquatank » Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:52 am

Something to avoid, floating nuclear power plants on the worlds oceans. Oops looks like stupid ideas are still on the US & Russias tables.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/09/02-2
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Postby sandra » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:29 pm

— Sugar, salt, alcohol and a little serendipity led a Northwestern University research team to discover a new class of nanostructures that could be used for gas storage and food and medical technologies. And the compounds are edible.

The porous crystals are the first known all-natural metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that are simple to make. Most other MOFs are made from petroleum-based ingredients, but the Northwestern MOFs you can pop into your mouth and eat, and the researchers have.

"They taste kind of bitter, like a Saltine cracker, starchy and bland," said Ronald A. Smaldone, a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern. "But the beauty is that all the starting materials are nontoxic, biorenewable and widely available, offering a green approach to storing hydrogen to power vehicles."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 131738.htm
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Postby Aquatank » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:37 pm

Here's a modern sailing yacht design to keep an eye on the Maltese Falcon.
http://windpowerauthority.com/maltese-f ... es-in-usa/
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Postby sandra » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:52 pm

Its nice looking, but I'd really like to have an old birch canoe. :mrgreen:
Not much is better than being in a canoe down river.
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Postby Aquatank » Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:09 am

I'm not big on the yacht part, its the computerized dyna-rig that allows it to be operated by one person thats got my interest. On of the primary reasons the age of sail ended outside of speed was the cost of crewing the tallships, now we have sailing ships that in a good wind can come close to a motorized freighters speed, they can be backed up by solar powered motors in doldrums, and this dyna-rig puts the crew size as small or smaller than a motor freighter. The main problem is style because of the need for cargo containers. Thats why I think a catamaran with the central deck being containers is such a good idea.

As far as canoes go, I'm not good with them, I prefer two oars for more control. :)
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Postby Aquatank » Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:44 am

Wow Solar power is now cheaper than Nuclear Fission Energy according to Duke University. :shock:
http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/29/solar-p ... irst-time/
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Postby Aquatank » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:45 am

Okay this could prove interesting, if factual. A Urea powered fuel cell. Humans don't put out much per day but imagine the amount a dairy farm where hundreds of heads cattle have. Already some farms use manure to power lights, what about power some tractors with urea.
http://www.naturalnews.com/029674_fuel_cells_urine.html
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