Thanks for the Automotive X Prize contest information, please keep us updated.
I suspect Guy will have some last minute snag and not be able to make it to the contest.
Guy Negre and team have entered the Automotive X Prize contest, planning two entries – one powered solely by compressed air, the other a compressed air/liquid fueled hybrid. Problem is, they’ve got some really stiff competition from the likes of Loremo, Tesla Motors, Aptera, Velozzi, Cornell University, and more – about 70 entries at last count! Quite frankly, considering the performance and marketablility requirements and the much better designs entered by others, they don’t stand a chance of winning. In fact, I’d be suprised if they made it past the qualifying round.]]>
Well it’s been a long time now (close to two years) are all of you still buying this weapons grade bull sh_t?]]>
Have a look on the web for the fastest bicycle in the world 70 mph on 400 watts of human power.
Even if compressing air is only 50 % efficient you can build a wind turbine at home, if the compressed air is free who cares if its inefficient.
If you have a wind turbine at home the wind turbine will have the potential to provide a 24 hour cycle storing compressed air in a tank for you to move to a high pressure tank on your vehicle.
You only need one hour of driving time on average to get to work. If the required pressure was not achieved in the tanks by 3 am then electricity could be used to top it up so you can fill up before you go to work. Its simple and easy to achieve and we can all make our own harware as it is not high tech.
Any thing is possible its just funding, motivation and time that we all lack.]]>
It can be amazing to see what the future brings, however, neither plasma drives or desktop computers violate the laws of thermodynamics.
While we don’t know what the future will bring, we do know some of the things the future will not bring. Efficencies over unity, free energy (unless you harvest it yourself) and air powered cars.]]>
I wouldn’t be so sure about “ONLY positive with NO negatives” when considering compressed air energy recovery systems.
I speculate, with the really poor efficency of “air”, the weight of the air compressor/motor, storage tank(s) and control system may cause the car to consume more energy than can be recovered by the braking energy recovery air system.
Your mileage may be worse with braking energy recovery than without it!]]>