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

From: Ross A. Finlayson (
Date: Thu Oct 26 2000 - 17:17:46 MDT

I hope someone can tell me:

1) Can alcohol with non-corrosive additives be the fuel for regular,
unmodified internal combustion engines?

2) What would be the comparative cost of alcohol versus gasoline at the pump,
disregarding the cost of pump modification?

3) Would an alcohol-fueled combustion engine have any pollutant exhaust?

4) What other room termperature liquid fuel replacements to gasoline exist?


Dave Sill wrote:

> Doug Jones <> wrote:
> >
> > 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.
> Who says the heat has to be lost?
> -Dave

Ross Andrew Finlayson
Finlayson Consulting
Ross at Tiki-Lounge:

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