Re: Car powered by compressed air ... is that for real?

Date: Thu Oct 26 2000 - 09:48:02 MDT

In a message dated 10/26/2000 11:07:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> 1) Compressed air has poor end to end efficiency when used as an energy
> storage medium (typically less than 20%). This is due to the heat
> rejected during the compression process being lost.
> 2) Methanol, an excellent fuel cell reactant, can be efficiently
> synthesized from CO2 and water via thermal shift reactions which can be
> driven by your non-fossil sources.
> 3) Methanol fuel cells have better than carnot efficiency, some in
> excess of 80%.
> 4) The usable energy storage density is about 100 times better for
> methanol & fuel cells vs compressed air.
> Four times the end to end efficiency and 100 times the mileage is a
> difficult combination to beat.
> --
> Doug Jones
> Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

Yes. Methanol can be made from natural gas, biomass,coal,oil shale,methane
hydrates. If we can sequester (store) the COČ during methanol production, and
of course, employ fuel cell power cars; then we can kiss energy worries,

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