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View Poll Results: What kind of alternative car engine would you like?
Hybrid (gas + electric) 4 13.33%
Hydrogen Fuel cell 8 26.67%
Biodiesel (vegetable oil) 2 6.67%
Pure Electric (charge 'em batteries!) 1 3.33%
Natural gas (propane, methane, etc.) 2 6.67%
Sci-Fi engine (nuclear, cold-fusion, warp drive, etc.) 12 40.00%
Low-tech engine (horses, steam engine, hamsters, etc.) 1 3.33%
Other (please specify) 0 0%
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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-23-2004, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Time for another fun poll with Titanium Dragon.

We already know the planet's oil reserves are being sucked dry. Eventually, the cost of any oil product is going to be so ridiculous high, that the everyday consumer won't be able to afford it.

I'm personally all for hydrogen powered engines. If the economics can be worked out and the infrastructure setup, I can see this as the next big thing.

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Hyrdrogen will never be an acceptable substitute for gasoline - there's a reason gas was chosen in the first place - it has much more combustion potential.

So I'll choose warp drive out of these
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Hyrdrogen will never be an acceptable substitute for gasoline - there's a reason gas was chosen in the first place - it has much more combustion potential.

So I'll choose warp drive out of these
But we will eventually run out of gasoline, unless someone figures out a way to make it out of something else that is already abundent (or they already know how and aren't just tell us, conspiracies abound).

They already have working Hydrogen powered cars. I've seen two types already. There is the Hydrogen Fuel Cell which works by a chemical process to produce Electricity. The other is a Hydrogen combustion engine. I think Mazda already demonstrated that with the Hydrogen Rotary engine on the Hydrogen powered RX8. Even if it got a measely 100hp, I say that's pretty damn good for a first try on a rotary engine converted to use Hydrogen instead of gasoline.

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Hydrogen is really the ultimate way to go for energy conservation...hybrid cars still use electricity that is made by fossil fuels so it is kind of redundant....and electric cars that you recharge are the same thing the power they are using was probably made by the burning of fossil fuels...so based on the technology that we have nowadays hydrogen is the best way to go...that is until we have cold fusion...

We need to reduce the amount of oil used in the manufacturing process of everything because we are so dependant on the products made using oil not the power provided by it.

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Dilithium crystals are a renewable resource - I think....


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Hydrogen = Sci-fi until sombody comes up with a clean way of extracting hydrogen.
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Hyrdrogen will never be an acceptable substitute for gasoline - there's a reason gas was chosen in the first place - it has much more combustion potential.

So I'll choose warp drive out of these
But we will eventually run out of gasoline, unless someone figures out a way to make it out of something else that is already abundent (or they already know how and aren't just tell us, conspiracies abound).

All you're saying here is that we may some day be FORCED (due to oil running out) to go to hydrogen, not that it is a situation that would be appropriate or LIKED (since it has, as I stated, considerably less combustion potential).

As for the RX8, sure it works, but again, lots less power.
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All you're saying here is that we may some day be FORCED (due to oil running out) to go to hydrogen, not that it is a situation that would be appropriate or LIKED (since it has, as I stated, considerably less combustion potential).

As for the RX8, sure it works, but again, lots less power.
Well, at least it produces some power rather than no power at all . You are correct that someday, we'll be forced to use some other fuel source. I just have high hopes for hydrogen because like any technology, it takes time to develop it before we'll start seeing anything "impressive". I mean, look at the ol' gasonline engine. It's come a long way from when it started. Just think 20 years ago, who has ever heard of 2.3 liter I-4 pushing out the numbers and mileage we are getting? I hope to see in 20 years, a hydrogen combusting rotary at 1.3 liters that is making 300+ hp with 200 ft.-lbs. torque

The only problem I see with Hydrogen is finding a cheap and efficient way of extracting pure hydrogen. Right now, as it is, the processes are either too expensive or rely on fossil feuls as sources.

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There's an alternate rotating engine out there, i've seen it on TV 3 years ago. Here's a link on how the engine works: http://quasiturbine.promci.qc.ca/QTV...lash-Final.swf The animation is crappy, but the concept is interesting.



And here's the engine's creator's website: http://quasiturbine.promci.qc.ca/QTIndex.html

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Warp drive!
The fuel lasts a long time, you ever see a starship at a "gas station"?

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