Re: Technology: Inverted energy source.

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Mar 17 2000 - 14:35:50 MST

Brian D Williams wrote:
> From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
> >My own preference for a perfect car is a twist on the hybrid
> >vehicles we are now seeing. The drawback with hybrid vehicles is
> >that the one skimpy engine puts a limit on you, it can only
> >operate in a certain range, a battery is not very efficient at
> >converting stored energy, and the inverter also draws off several
> >percent as well. My solution is to utilize micro-turbine
> >technology. Some of you have seen the MIMS projects the US Army is
> >working on, with a 10 watt pocket turbine generator to power
> >infantry field equipment. For a hyrbid vehicle, use little or no
> >battery at all, instead have a bank of 20, 1.5 kW micro turbines
> >generating electricity for the drive motors. As demand changes,
> >start and stop individual turbines in the bank. Thus the user can
> >vary ouput from 1.5 up to 30 kW. A larger vehicle would use more
> >turbines in the bank, and since they would be
> >modular units, users could add and subtract turbines to match the
> >individual's taste/budget, and failed turbines could easily be
> >removed and replaced, sending the bad unit off to a refurb depot.
> >If one fails on the road, you aren't dead in the water, either, so
> >there would be less need for tow trucks, fewer ruined
> >vacations, etc.
> Interesting variation on the standard hypercar
> ( of course for you Mike, wouldn't it be a
> "hyperpickup", and for EvMick a "hypertruck". ;)

Hyper-SUV, Hyper-Cherokee. Long as I can put a gun rack in it I'm happy
;) (no fuzzy dice allowed).

Mike Lorrey

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