Fuels of the future

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  1. Reallyretired

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    An interesting article;

    https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/special-feature/fuels-of-the-future.html

    I like the idea of solar power. It could work well for motorhomes, many of which spend a lot of time stationary.
    The idea is that the solar power is used partly to directly power the vehicle but mainly to electrolyse water to hydrogen and oxygen which is then stored to be used as a fuel when needed. Particularly good for those who use their motorhomes mainly in the summer, or who spend thg winter in warmer and sunnier climes.
     
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    However it happens, some time in the future renewables have to be the answer as fossil fuels are finite.
     
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    We already have the ability to use plant oils in Diesel Engines, why not explore the methods of production and availability further? Oh yes, the big Fuelo Companies wont let us!!:rolleyes:
     
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    If you check the article I posted it shows that bio ethanol and bio diesel are not so green if it entails loss of rain forest and increased starvation in parts of the world. There is only so much used chip oil to go round.
     
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    Absolutely right RR, I replied before reading the link!! DOH! However, there is possibilities to be explored and if used in a Diesel Style Compression/Ignition system the ethanol levels required for succesful combustion are much lower,although less power is generated, hence chip oil!! Growing specific crops for Bio Fuel is a difficult question, as it is my firm belief that if it were financially viable and fully supported, then it would happen much quicker, the Oil Companies will never roll over that easily!!
     
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    Today's situation is all about money... It's sod the environment and such... all this green energy malarky is just there to pacify us - and its all designed to fail and keep us from using true renewables...

    Only when we're "on the brink" - will money be less important... but by that time it will be those who have and the many that don't...

    In the words of Private James Frazer... "we're doomed" :( (y)
     
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